Hundreds of residents at a popular north Hull development gathered to officially mark their area’s 20th anniversary.
Two decades ago, Kingswoood Parks Development Company had a vision to transform the site into a state-of-the-art residential, retail and leisure development with a thriving community at its heart.
Now, with over 2,000 houses and more planned to be built by housebuilders Beal Homes and Persimmon Homes, Kingswood Parks is not only a popular destination for househunters but it is also one of the most bustling locations in the city for shopping, dining out and entertainment.
The celebrations coincide with the completion of the recently-developed Village Centre, providing local amenities on the doorstep of new homes in Kingswood Parks.
Featuring a marquee on the Village Green, the event played host to live entertainment from renowned vintage singer Ruth Getz accompanied by swing dancers from not-for-profit group Kingston Swing.
Cobey Conlaund, a pupil from the newly-developed £5.1m Kingswood Parks Primary School, which opened in September 2014, helped officially cut the anniversary birthday cake after residents sang “Happy Birthday to Kingswood Parks”.
Cobey, 11, said: “I was really pleased when it was announced in assembly that I would be the one cutting the Kingswood Parks birthday cake in the Village Centre. The birthday event was lots of fun and it was great having my photographs taken with the big cake.
“I was chosen to do this because of my achievements at school this year and also in my sports activities. I would just like to say thanks to my teachers and the headteacher for choosing me to do this. I have only been at Kingswood Parks Primary School for one year, since it opened in September, and will be going to secondary school after the summer holidays but I have really enjoyed my time at the school.”
With everything from a Kingswood Parks treasure hunt for children through to face painting, an ice cream bicycle and party food, the event was a huge hit with residents.
Since building work was completed, the Village Centre has attracted The Co-op mini supermarket and Jhoots Pharmacy, as well as local independents The Village Green Café-Bar, The Hair Room and Beercock Wiles and Wick estate agents. More recently, the Village Retreat beauty salon has also opened its doors and will be closely followed by a butcher and deli.
A spokeswoman for Kingswood Parks Development Company said: “It is incredible to think that 20 years ago, Kingswood Parks didn’t exist – now it is one of the most popular places to live in Hull.
“The development of the Village Centre at the heart of the development is already beginning to foster a sense of community pride and belonging for residents in Kingswood Parks, which is why we wanted this to be the location for our 20th anniversary celebrations.
“Our celebrations don’t end here either, after the birthday party we plan to host other activities to mark our special milestone – ultimately with the aim of bringing people together to celebrate community life in Kingswood Parks.”