The sun shone brightly as hundreds of people attended the festivities in Alexandra Park to celebrate its 150th birthday.

Today’s event took place in the 196-acre site and showcased the park’s history as well as activities from groups from Tottenham, Harringay, Highgate and Muswell Hill.

Amy Wilson, of Gloucester Road, Tottenham, said it was the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.

The 34-year-old said: “I’m here with my kids and the children really love it because it’s a great day out for them.

“It’s really sunny and lovely and there seems to be so much going on that I think the children don’t really know what to do with themselves.

“We just been enjoying some live music, then I think we are going to get them ice cream.”

The Mayor of Haringey Councillor Sheila Peacock officially opened the celebrations with a cake cutting ceremony on the Village Green’s Bandstand.

She also took flight in a tethered balloon to open the legacy community games in the park’s activity zone.

Cllr Peacock said: “This event is absolutely wonderful and Alexandra Park and Palace really is the jewel of Haringey.

“I want to congratulate all the people who do a really fantastic job at looking after this place for us.

“I tried to go up in the balloon earlier but it was a bit windy so I couldn’t but it’s sunny now so we are going to try again – I was sure to wear some shorts under my skirt so I can be discrete.”

The park’s celebrations included a bandstand featuring local entertainers, a South Terrace street party, a farmers’ market, cricket, community games and archery, and a funfair.

Nick Williamson, the musical director of Tottenham Community Choir, which performed at the event, said the choir was there to represent the positive things happening in Tottenham.

He said: “I thought our show went really well and the whole day has been really good so far.

“We perform thorough out the year and we have people from all over join our choir but we are about representing Tottenham and showing people that there is actually really good stuff there.

“We want people to come and join our choir – there is no need to audition and at the very least they will get tea and cakes.”

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