Fun-goers enjoy a day out in Purfleet – despite the rain!

Fun-goers enjoy a day out in Purfleet – despite the rain!

WET weather didn’t deter residents and visitors from coming to this year’s Purfleet Fun Day.

Children and adults joined in the fun at the free event on Wednesday (14 August) at Centurion Way, Purfleet. There was face painting, lunch bags and a tombola, as well as advice and information from Thurrock Council teams including Trading Standards (TS) and the Community Safety Partnership, Essex Police and local community groups. The Parks Engagement team were on hand to encourage residents to get active and make the most of the borough’s green spaces.

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The fun day also promoted the dangers of loan sharks, who prey on vulnerable residents, to visitors. TS officers, alongside Shakey the Shark, spoke about why it is important to borrow from legal lenders, identifying loan sharks and how to report individuals.

Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo, who attended the event, said: “Despite the weather, this year’s fun day enabled families to get out, meet a range of agencies and enjoy what Purfleet has to offer.

“Many thanks to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. I saw many happy faces and thoroughly enjoyed talking to and meeting all our local residents.”

The event was put on by Thurrock Council’s Resident Engagement Team and Community Safety Partnership, in collaboration with Purfleet Children’s Centre and Garrison Purfleet Residents Group.

To report a loan shark or for more advice, call 0300 555 2222.

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