Filmstar parties at Morden Hall Park

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In June or July between 1947 and 1952, Morden Hall Park hosted the Sunday Pictorial Film Garden Party in collaboration with the Sunday Pictorial newspaper and the British Film industry.

Famous film stars of the time came to the park to raise money for the NSPCC and the Church of England’s Children Society. Fans and film fanatics would buy tickets to the event in the hope of meeting their favourite stars.

As many as 25,000 people flocked to the park year after year. This special day presented a rare opportunity to brush shoulders with much-loved movie stars, watch re-enactments of film scenes and take advantage of the funfair installed for the occasion. Those lucky enough to get a ticket to the event would come clutching their autograph book and probably in their best dress, just in case they had the chance to get a photo taken with their chosen star for an extra fee.

On entering the park, visitors were handed a sheet listing all the stars, or ‘film artists', who had accepted an invitation. Many visitors ticked off the names as they spotted each celebrity. Famous stars included Richard Attenborough and Jean Simmons.