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Park book launch

Thursday, 11th April, 2013

Author and historian Paul Armstrong (left) and businessman Gary Radford with copies of Mr Armstrong’s new book, ‘Memories of Penrose Park.’ Author and historian Paul Armstrong (left) and businessman Gary Radford with copies of Mr Armstrong’s new book, ‘Memories of Penrose Park.’

By Erica Visser

Locals with fond memories of Penrose Park in its heyday are invited to celebrate the launch of Paul Armstrong's book on the topic.

Mr Armstrong's historical book 'Memories of Penrose Park' would be officially launched tonight at 6.15pm at the Mint Art Gallery in Chloride Street.

One thousand copies of 'Memories of Penrose Park' have been printed and will sell for $20.

All proceeds would go back to Penrose Park Trust towards the upkeep of the park.

The Trust's chairwoman Deb Jones said that she anticipated that tonight's event would be a success.

"We would hope that people that have a keen interest would be there," Ms Jones said.

"It's very exciting, it's just great coming from a historical point of view to have that captured."

Mr Armstrong said that anyone aged "45 and above" may remember the days when Penrose Park was in its prime condition.

"Tonight is just about coming and having a cup of tea and sharing the memories," he said.

"Everybody I've talked to straight away remembers the mine picnics at the Park, about 6000 people attended some of those.

"I've signed the rights to the book over to the Penrose Park trust so hopefully this will help it with funding.

"Hopefully it'll be a wonderful event and we get a great roll out."

For those who cannot attend the event but are interested, the books will be sold at a number of outlets including through the Penrose Park Trust, Bells Milk Bar, Newsworld, Silverton Souvenirs and Silverton Souvenirs Old Fashioned Favourites Cafe at Silverton.

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