Our park comes to life at the weekend, with the Saturday morning fun run and the children’s football coaching. It’s great to see the park full of folk having fun and keeping fit. The summer will see more people making use of the outdoor Table Tennis and the two Cricket “tables”.
In the 1890’s Colonel North realised the full potential for sport at Avery Hill. A good sprinter in his youth, North regularly challenged the Tower Hamlets Volunteers; on their annual camp at Avery Hill, to a 60 yard dash. He gave everyone a 5 yard start but would always win! (John Bennion Booth -1957) Booth also quotes that North was a keen football player; I’m not sure which team he supported but Colonel North, ever generous, sent a bank-note to a West Bromwich Albion player injured in the cup final played against Crystal Palace in 1896.
All parks have a great history, created as public open, green spaces by visionary men and women for the people to enjoy.