In all the many posts I have done of Roberts Park, I don't think I've ever mentioned this memorial stone. It seemed appropriate this month, with The Big Lunch going on in the background. (The Big Lunch is a national project to hold annual community lunches on the first Sunday in June, to encourage people to get together and to raise money for charity. The event in Roberts Park was raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.)
Anyway, back to the stone. You can't read the rather worn inscription from the photo but it says: 'Presented by the Shipley & District Friendly & Trade Societies in commemoration of their first fete & gala in aid of the local charities, held in this park. July 4th 1885.' Good to think that for nearly 130 years folks have been getting together in Roberts Park to have fun and to benefit charities.