01 June 2009

Britain 2009 celebrates - polo alert No.3

Make sure that you get down to Hurlingham Park for the long-awaited polo open day this Sunday (7 June).

Gates open at 11am for what is bound to be a day of fun and excitement for all of the family.

The open day follows on from two days of world class polo action in Hurlingham Park, the ground on which England won the Olympic polo gold medal in 1938.

On the day, revellers will be able to watch polo exhibition matches involving world stars Jack Kidd and Jamie Morrison, and enjoy a variety of family entertainment.

Entrance to the day is free to all and also on the agenda are two jousting displays, climbing walls, lazer clay pigeon shooting, face paining, bouncy castles and a wide selection of food and drink.

The open day event is open to all the community, but to ensure safety across the site, entrance will be granted to advance ticket holders only and available on a first come first served basis.

A number of advance tickets have been distributed through local schools and FREE tickets can be collected in person from borough libraries, or online via Ticketmaster. Residents will also be able to pick up tickets on the day of the event from a special red bus that will be at the park.

Cllr Paul Bristow, cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “I am sure that the polo open day on Sunday June 7 will be a hugely popular event. The council has negotiated hard with the polo organisers to ensure that borough residents get a good deal. We have secured a £200,000 investment in the park and the competition provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local people to watch a live world-class sporting event on their own doorstep.”

With room for up to 5,000 spectators in the stadium, a five minute walk from Putney Bridge or Parsons Green tube stations, Polo in the Park promises to be one of the highlights of the 2009 summer calendar.

Event Programme (subject to change):
11am Gates Open
12.30am Jousting Display
1.30pm Ladies vs Men Polo Exhibition Match
3pm Equine Exhibition, Display of Skill at Arms
4.15pm Jousting Display
5pm Polo - All Stars vs World Polo Select
5.50pm Presentation
6.15pm Bicycle Polo
7pm Bars Close
7.30pm Park Closes

* Typos and irony courtesy of Tory H&F council

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