Gallery: Valentines Day celebrated in Valentines Park

PUBLISHED: 12:51 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:59 16 February 2015

Valentines park run competitors at the run

Valentines park run competitors at the run


Parkrun gets record attendance and artists in Valentines Mansion taught painting and ceramics

Appropriately Valentines Day’s Valentines parkrun broke previous attendance records, with 264 people turning out.

Runners dressed in red to mark the romantic day, with people of all ages taking part.

One mother even pushed her daughter around the 5km course in a pram.

This was the fourth anniversary of the Valentines parkrun and Run Director Ian Cummins described it as “a great success.”

He said: “We normally get about 170 people participating in the winter, so this saw about 100 extra people join in.”

Nearby in Valentines Mansion, talented artists came together to show off their skills and teach members of the public a thing or two.

To celebrate its reopening to the community, the historical building, in Emerson Road, Ilford, hosted one of its most popular events – the Artists’ Open Studios.

This gave visitors the opportunity to visit the private workspace on the top floor of the mansion.

Members of the public enjoyed a printing onto ceramics session with Louise Moore and portrait painting with Jason Rose on Sunday.

The latter created his own artwork before sharing techniques and tips for visitors to make perfect portraits of their own.

Jason Rose said: “There was a lovely, warm atmosphere and visitors were very complimentary of the work produced by the studio artists at Valentines Mansion. Many people enjoyed the special demonstrations, meeting the artists and seeing how their work is made.”

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