Bury Croquet Club has held another successful open day event to encourage people to take up the sport and support a great cause.

The club hosted the annual event at Coronation Park on Saturday, April 22, which included "many guests and visitors", including borough mayor, Cllr Sandra Walmsley, and her consort James Bentley.

As well as encouraging people to try croquet, the event raised funds for Bury Hospice.

Club chairman Roy Spencer said: “We were delighted to welcome so many guests and visitors on what turned out to a beautiful sunny day after all the recent rain.

"And with the number of people who have wanted to have a go at running hoops, we also hope to have raised a significant amount for Bury Hospice."

Hospice volunteer ambassador Pat Lomas said that she was “delighted" to attend.

She added: "The hospice needs to raise around £4m a year and fantastic community events like this at the croquet club are a great help in contributing to this figure."

The mayor and her consort also took part in a game with club members, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

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Other visitors including chair of Growing Together, Tina Harrison MBE, Cllr Mike Smith, Gill Smith, of Radcliffe Litter Pickers, and Christine Barrett, of Radcliffe Incredible Edible.

The event also included a number of mallet games for children to play, stalls and refreshments.

The club will be holding another public event celebrating National Croquet Day from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, May 25 at Whitehead Park in Bury.

Admission will be by voluntary donation and will be supporting Dementia Carers. More details can be found on burycroquet.com.