The refreshments kiosk which has kept visitors fed and watered for more than 40 years at one of Staffordshire’s biggest parks has been given a temporary reprieve.

The family-run business, which is operated by Kevan and Christine Simcock, opens every day at Stafford‘s Victoria Park from Spring through to autumn.  But it is having to close because of £2.5 million restoration works at the historic park.  The £2.5 million project for the town’s Victoria Park has received funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund and will include restoring key historical features – such as the bandstand and Mottram Shelter – as well as an improved aviary and enhanced catering facility. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The Stafford couple hosted a party on Sunday, complete with music, free sandwiches, cakes and ice creams following the good news that the kiosk’s will now remain open until 1 April 2019.

Stafford FM went along to catch up Kevan Simcock on Sunday and enjoy the festivities, you can hear a full interview with Kevan on ‘Stafford On Saturday this week from 11am.

More information on the plans for the parks restoration can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/victoriapark.

To take the virtual tour go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/hlf.

photos courtesy of Paul Milgate-Scarrott