Yesterday afternoon Saturday), despite the rain that caused cancellation of several other events including the Carnival Procession, part of Daniel Park was dedicated as a QEII Field by the Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke and Deane.
At a small ceremony held under umbrellas Cllr John Clark representing the Whitchurch Town Council spoke on the dedication, before Cllr Martin Biermann and his wife Chansopha unveiled the QEII plaque. Unpeturbed by the weather, the group then took a walk with some ‘Friends of the Field’ around the Park.
The plaque had been supplied by Fields in Trust, the charity who are overseeing the national aim to dedicate 2012 fields as open spaces protected in perpetuity as a commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In another ‘Royal connection’, the park is also site of the town’s Jubilee Oak which was planted by local children earlier this year, while on the Jubilee Holiday a successful SkateFest was organised.
The open space was the centre of local controversy when Basingstoke and Deane went against the wishes of a local vote to keep the whole park free of development as had originally been offered. Instead they reserved a 20 metre wide strip for a possible new highway to serve around 200 houses – many say that was a sad day.
However the main part of Daniel Park is now protected by Deed from any future development and will remain a lasting tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.