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Chestnut Sunday 2017

Chestnut Sunday 2017

Every year, on the Sunday closest to 11 May, crowds gather in Bushy Park to celebrate the blossom on the horse chestnut trees. This year, Chestnut Sunday was on 14 May and was as successful as ever, helped by some fine weather following a rainy night.

As usual, the main event was the parade from Teddington Gate to the Diana Fountain, passing down Chestnut Avenue. There was the usual eclectic mixture of participants, including vintage cars and bicycles, military vehicles, horse rangers, marching bands, motorcyclists and taxis.

There was also a fairground with traditional galloping horse carousel as well as other rides and stalls. A brass band at one point played the Dambusters’ March – a fitting accompaniment to the Hampton Wick Association’s neighbouring exhibition on R C Sherriff (currently on display in Hampton Wick Library) who wrote the film screenplay.

Mark Merrington, Chairman of the Hampton Wick Association, said: ˜Chestnut Sunday is a major event in the local calendar. It was around forty years ago that the parade was reinstated by the late Colin Pain, a founding father of the Hampton Wick Association, and his wife, Mu – so we feel a very strong connection with it. It began as quite a small affair, with a walk down Chestnut Avenue and a picnic. Today, it is a major undertaking and we are greatly indebted to the Royal Parks, and particularly Bill Swann, for continuing to organise it.”

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