By Jane Leigh

NAILSWORTH Mayor Jonathan Duckworth celebrated National Table Tennis Day last week by serving up a game on the new outdoor table at the King George V Playing Fields.

It was a Duckworth family outing as Jonathan brought his son and daughter, Rosie and William, to celebrate the third National Table Tennis Day, a promotion aimed at bringing people together to have fun and promote the sport.

The Mayor said: “We had great fun playing table tennis in the park: being outdoors added another dimension, especially as we had to take account of the breeze.

“The table’s there to be used so please come along to the Playing Fields and have a go.”

The new equipment is part of a £45,000 package granted to the Town Council by Fields in Trust, an organisation that safeguards public open spaces for the future.

The money was awarded to celebrate 90 years of the Trust, and, in addition to the table tennis feature, it has enabled the council to install outdoor gym equipment, a picnic table and benches and to refurbish the car park, tennis courts and changing rooms.

Mr Duckworth added: “The Town Council is delighted that we have been able to improve the facilities at the King George V Playing Fields through the grant from Fields in Trust.”

At the moment players have to provide their own bats and balls, but the council is looking into the possibility of getting some equipment which will be available for hire.