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Gwyn’s staff back campaign for Brooke Park Lottery prize

07 August 2019

Staff at Brooke Park’s Gwyn’s Café Pavilion are calling for your votes this week as the countdown to the 25th National Lottery Awards continues.

The Park has been shortlisted from over 700 entrants as a finalist in the Best Heritage Project Category.

Just last week local celebrities Nadine Coyle and Roma Downey rallied behind the campaign, sharing their own childhood memories of the park, which faces competition from ten other heritage projects around the UK.

Now Selina McCafferty, Chantelle Gill and Nicole McLaughlin, all staff at Gwyn’s Pavilion, the busy café at the heart of the park, are calling on customers and regular park visitors to get voting and show their support for the People’s Park, as it has always fondly been known.

Brooke Park dates back to 1840, when it was originally the site of a boys’ orphanage before it became a municipal park in 1901. After falling into neglect during the years of the Troubles, the park underwent a two-year £5.6 million regeneration, supported by £1.5 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, before reopening in 2017 in all its glory. The beautifully restored Victorian park now attracts in the region of 200,000 visitors each year.

As well as restoration, new facilities include the cafe and an all-weather floodlit football pitch, a play garden and a horticulture training centre. The level of investment in the park, both in terms of design, provision and ongoing support, means it will continue to be a popular destination for the whole community for decades to come.

Votes can now be cast at lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.  You can also support the campaign on Twitter using the unique hashtag #NLABrookePark. Voting runs until midnight on 21 August.