VOLUNTEERS have worked to give a rundown park a much needed facelift.

Gobions Park in East Tilbury has received the work during the Easter holidays, thanks to support from building firm S Walsh & Sons. 

It has seen bark surfaces laid within the children’s playground, repainted goalposts and a spruced up the zip line. The local community celebrated these improvements at an Easter Sunday Funday event, which raised over £600 towards future improvements at Gobions Park.

The Friends of Gobions Park was set up last year by people looking to reverse the fortunes of the park.

Fraser Massey, chairman of the group said “We are delighted that S Walsh & Sons are supporting our park financially and practically. Their efforts represent a huge step forward for Gobions Park, just in time for the Easter Holidays.

"We wish to thank Walsh’s for their incredible generosity and hope that our community appreciates the improvements. When they heard about our Easter fun day they really pulled out all the stops to get it done in time.”

Wayne Fleming, Operations Manager at S Walsh & Sons said “We feel strongly about our responsibilities as a local business in East Tilbury so when the Friends of Gobions Park approached us with their plan for the Park, we were only too willing to help.

"We are always interested in supporting local initiatives and encourage residents to speak to us where we can help.

Sue Sammons, Ukip councillor for Tilbury said: “These improvements show what happens when the community comes together in a positive way. I want to thank both the Friends of Gobions Park and S Walsh & Sons for their hard work in making Gobions Park a better place for our children.”