A Centenary Celebration of Platt Fields Park

Our 2010 centenary year is over, but to celebrate last year and the 99 years before it, we have now produced our centenary book. 78 pages long, and packed from cover to cover with information, quotes, and the most beautiful pictures of the park, both old and new, this is a book no fan of Platt Fields should be without.

Just imagine how this would look adorning your coffee table. And now it can be yours for free (kind of)! Usually selling for five pounds you can have a copy purely by joining, or renewing your membership to, the Friends of Platt Fields.

While membership also costs five pounds, all members also receive a regular copy of the newsletter, and the satisfaction of being part of our group!
If you would like to become a member of the Friends of Platt Fields Park and get a copy of the book please contact Anne Tucker, (Secretary) on 0161 613 3138 or 07740 428629, or email us from our contact page.

The book was masterminded by our secretary, Anne. She also put together this timeline of the book's creation for anyone who is interested in the timescales and work that went into our book.
  • March 2010 - Awarded a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund to produce a 48 page booklet.
  • May 2010 - Centenary festival weekend...far too busy to even think about book production!
  • May-November 2010 - Collection of memories at events, by email and via meetings.
  • November 2010 - started writing copy for the book. Worked out schedule for design and print.
  • Jan 2011 - First draft ready. Assembly of editorial group - 8 people. First "mock-up" layout of 8 pages to show approx how many words to a page.
  • 17th, 24th, 31st Jan 2011 - Editorial meetings to cut and amend copy. 3 days with key editorial group; day with editor. Selection of photographs and memories. Permission sought for images.
  • 6th Feb 2011 - Copy, memories and images to designer.
  • 17th Feb 2011 - First proof in colour with images.
  • 26th, 27th Feb 2011 - All weekend with designer, shifting images and text, resizing images, editing copy, finalising layout style for memories - 16 hours!
  • 27th Feb to 2nd March 2011 - 6 more proofs, correcting errors, amending copy and photos in small ways.
  • 1st March 2011 - Final artwork to the printers.
  • 4th March 2011 - Cromalin film of pages and colour from printer. Final amendments.
  • 14th March 2011 - Book back from the printer - 45 boxes!
  • 20th March 2011 - Books for sale at Holi Festival
  • 22nd March 2011 - Distribution started. Press Launch organised.