PICTURE SPECIAL: Party in the Park Reloaded in memory of Rugby teen Joel

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A fun day held in memory of Hillmorton teenager Joel Smith has raised £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Revellers who attended Party in the Park: Reloaded 2015 got dressed as their favourite superheroes from Batman to Wonder Woman for Saturday’s event at Whitehall Rec.

Betty Ward-Webb, Sarah Mannion, Neve Ward-Webb, Ellie Ward-Webb

Betty Ward-Webb, Sarah Mannion, Neve Ward-Webb, Ellie Ward-Webb

Organisers said five stalls cancelled due to the rainy weather.

Joel’s auntie, Hayley Hammond, said: “The day was slightly ruined by the weather unfortunately.

“We had a few stalls holders cancel in the morning which was slightly disappointing, but with that said, everyone else really were TCT troopers.”

The day included stalls, rides, games, refreshments and music in Joel’s honour.

The Bilton School pupil was just 15 when he lost his life after battling an aggressive form of leukaemia.

Hayley added: “The remaining exhibitors really showed how much they are behind us by staying put throughout the rainy day, and kept everyone’s spirits high with hot food, great deals and fun rides.

“The music was simply amazing - great performances from Sophia and Stonefire kept the day rocking.”

She said the day was cut short due to the rain.

“We couldn’t allow our dance act and martial arts groups to perform on the wet ground, but des-pite all of this, we still had an amazing day,” said Hayley.

“The balloon release was still the most emotional part for me and the family, it really bought home what the whole day was about. So all in 
all, we couldn’t have asked for more.

“We had tears from heaven all day long, our hearts full of memories for Joel, and we raised some money to give hope and help to others.”