A play area in Oldham's Limeside Park has officially been opened following a grant from an environmental scheme.

Once the security fencing came down, Oldham Roughyed's mascot, Roary the lion, cut the ribbon to signal the opening.

He was joined by local group Limeside 'Friends of the Park' which made the construction possible after securing a £50,000 grant from the Community Spaces scheme.

The initiative aims to support local communities by providing facilities to help improve the lives of the residents around the area and the new facility will give youngsters a place to play.

Members held an event which included face painting, circus skills and balloon modelling as well as a chance for children to enjoy the brand new equipment.

Sarah Furbey, secretary of 'Friends of the Park', said:  "We hope the new modern equipment will encourage parents to bring their children to the park where they can play safely and enjoy the fresh air and exercise."

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