THE young and old enjoyed a fun-filled day in a Cwmbran park today to celebrate the community’s efforts in reopening a putting green which has been closed for 15 years.

The Cwmbran Party in the Park at the Old Cwmbran Park was the second of its kind after an inaugural event last year. The putting green, which has been closed for around 15 years, was reopened by disabled golf champion Mike Jones, who lives in Cwmbran. Mr Jones lost his leg in a car crash in 2015, but battled back and his since won a host of golfing trophies.

The event was organised by the St Dials Ward Community Group and raised cash for future projects in the area, and visitors also had the chance to have a free round of putting.

Organiser and Torfaen County Borough Council ward member Cllr Elizabeth Haynes said she was delighted by how popular the event had proven.

“Last year we raised enough money to buy the putters and insurance to re-open the putting green,” she said.

“It’s been shut for 15 years, and last year’s money has allowed us to re-open it.

“It’s going to be open every Saturday and Sunday through the summer holidays until the first week in September,

“And that’s going to go on every year.”

She added cash raised this year would pay for next year’s insurance and some replacement items for the green. Visitors also enjoyed a dog show, wresting demonstrations and rides.

Cllr Haynes added: "Long-terms we are looking to build a hub in St Dials," she said.

"It's all about community for us.

"We are trying to host events which are free or cheap so financial exclusion doesn't play a part.

"We've had no end of support. The local community has been amazing and that's what its all about."