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Mint Street Adventure Playground celebrates 40 years

London SE1 website team

Mint Street Adventure Playground has celebrated its 40th birthday with a fun day and cake cutting ceremony.

Ted Bowman, Moira Scully and Jason Brown cut the 40th birthday cake

Around a thousand people, including parents and children, attended the event on Friday afternoon addressed by Moira Scully, Ted Bowman and Mint Street play manager Jason Brown.

Afterwards Bankside Open Spaces director Helen Firminger said that all three had been instrumental in bringing about the resource enjoyed today.

Mint Street Park was once occupied by the original Evelina Children's Hospital and in 1970 local resident Moira Scully began a campaign to get the redundant tram tracks behind the former hospital lifted and a 'rough and tumble' playground built on the site.

At the time she was supported by St George the Martyr curate Ellis Blackmore and other parents.

Ted Bowman, another nearby resident, was part of the campaign to get a dedicated place for young people and set up the current adventure playground with its building and staff base.

Helen Firminger said that Jason Brown knew all today's children by name and was dedicated to making Mint Street even better.

Among those contributing to the celebration were Southwark Council, BOST, Mini Mints, Lant and Bittern TRA, Blackfriars Settlement, the Community Police and the Queensborough Centre.

The event included a Mint Street memory wall, sports taster sessions for young people, gardening activities for children, face painting, music and food and drink from a wide range of cultures.

A raffle featured prizes from Tate Modern, IPC Media, the National Theatre and local businesses.

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