2008 summed up, and here is to 2009!

It has been a great year here at Irvin Leisure, and at this time of year it is traditional for us to produce a retrospective to remind our reader of the past 12 months, as well as to look forward to the future. Here therefore are a few of the highlights that you can, of course, read about on our other news pages and on the articles pages.

Last January found us in our favourite Wembley Park, Barham Park in Sudbury, where we not only ran a superb Christmas and New Year Fair but also hosted the filming of an episode of the popular crime programme “Silent Witness”. As the actors and production team braved the winter weather, we provided a full fair as background for one of their stories, investigating the murder of a customer on the Twist Ride at the fair. The BBC, and all film producers with whom we worked during the year, were highly professional and it was a pleasure to work alongside them.

It was a record breaking year for our corporate events, and in 2009 we will be seeking to improve the information we can provide to our clients. Comments and feed back from those who have received our services will continue to be very much appreciated as we seek to improve our services.

Our music festival programme was also exciting, with a number of new events and, despite the growing unfavourable financial climate developing during 2008, happily only one cancellation amongst dozens of delighted festival organisers.

We have improved our community offerings, and elsewhere on these news pages you can read about our improving children’s package, which gives great value for money where organisers hire us in, or where we operate within local authority parks, take money and pay the council for the land. It is attractive, appropriate and value for money, providing first class entertainment for families at a time when they may not wish to travel far to benefit from the services on offer.

Finally, in 2008 we actually introduced two major new festivals to the heart of London, the first the Summer Festival on Shepherd’s Bush Green in West London, with music, dance and local traders benefiting from our presence, and finally we have ended the year with a magnificent Ice Fayre on the same site, and the photo above shows the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Councillor Andrew Johnson who is in fact the youngest Mayor in Britain, as he opens this wonderful local festival with a giant Real Ice Rink as well as our usual range of family favourite rides. All this alongside our work in Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which continues to go from strength to strength.

Enough of the past; what about 2009? Well we are Irvin Leisure make this New Year Resolution. We will continue to provide value for money at our public festivals and private functions, and will keep prices low but quality high! There are many people who offer only doom and gloom for the coming 12 months. We offer entertainment and leisure of an even higher standard.