Sun seekers in Newark bask in balmy temperatures as heatwave set to stay
Sun seekers in and around Newark were out basking in the balmy temperatures yesterday (Tuesday).
Groups were seen sitting in the sun and enjoying an ice cream, while some were out for a swim.
Many were having picnics and socialising at Sconce and Devon Park, with the heatwave set to stay.
A bible discovery group, which meets regularly at the Cleveland Square Community Centre, was having a picnic in the heatwave.
Fran Kippax said: "We've done our bible study for the morning and now we've come out to eat."
Nearby soaking in the rays was a group of women who became friends at an aqua aerobics class at the Sports Direct Gym on Northern Road.
They have been been meeting together regularly, outside of the pool, throughout the pandemic.
"We've been coming here every Tuesday at 11am for the last 16 months," said one member.
"We enjoy the companionship as much as anything. Just coming here over the last year saved us."
Simon, park ranger at Sconce and Devon Park, was not surprised at how quiet the park was, despite the good weather.
He said: "It was even hotter at the weekend. When it's really hot in the day, we always get less people coming to the park because it's too hot.
"In the evening though, it's great. That's the time you've got to come, the evenings are much busier in the summer."
Over at the River Trent in Farndon, more people were spotted basking in the sunshine.
Freda Cobb, of Newark, and Ken Taylor, of Peterborough, were sat in the shade at the top of the river bank.
Freda said: "It's beautiful. It's just nice here under the trees.
"We bring our own sandwiches and our own drinks as it's much cheaper that way."
Another couple, Roger and Jenny Smith, came from Melton Mowbray to enjoy a day out.
"We like hot weather when we're out and about," said the retired pair.
Further down, Cooper Kay, nine, of Fernwood, was making a splash in the river with his mum Claire.
"We came here over the weekend, but it was too busy," said Claire.
"He loves swimming, so we'll stay here for a while and then he's going to karate later."
In the castle grounds were mum Amy Dennis and daughter Alba, seven, of Newark, who said they couldn't complain about the good weather.
"I quite like the shade," said Amy. "It's trying not to complain but it gets a bit too hot.
"But it is beautiful, better than it being rainy."
Carol and Murray Wiles came to Newark for a day out while staying in a bed and breakfast in Elston.
Murray said: "It's lovely. It's very warm.
"It's a beautiful place. It's a bit more historic than we anticipated.
"It's just so nice to get out because we haven't been anywhere recently."
Across the river Eileen Boner and Jill Baggaley, of Newark, were sat on a bench having a chat after enjoying an ice cream.
"We've just come for an ice cream and a sit in the park," Jill said.
"It seems very popular, this is a lovely park."
Nearby were Jan Ransom and Diana Eley, of Norwich, who had stopped by in Newark on the way back from their holiday.
They were travelling by coach and agreed the warm weather made for difficult driving conditions.
"Thank goodness for the air conditioning," they said.