Footage showed hundreds of young people partying at Cannon Hill Park on Tuesday – March 30 – the day after tough lockdown measures eased.
Rule-breaking revellers flocked to the park for the ‘organised party’ as Birmingham basked in the sunshine on the hottest day of the year so far.
Under the new Covid restrictions, you can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 from any number of households, or in a group of any size from up to 2 households.
But pictures taken at the event on Tuesday showed hundreds of people packed in to a small area of the park – at one point a boxing match was even held in front of crowds of onlookers.
The event was timed for 1pm, but party-goers could be seen drinking and dancing well into the evening.
The organised gathering was billed as ‘Birmingham’s hottest student link-up’ – with unverified reports people travelled from as far away as London to attend.
A flyer for the ’21 Degrees’ event advertised ‘mocktails, cocktails, music, rounders, football and water fights’ at the Russell Road site – as well as the chance to meet other students from Aston, Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham.
Photos taken in the aftermath of yesterday’s gathering showed rubbish left strewn across the park, sparking fury from locals.
Bottles, cups, food waste and plastic bags can be seen littering an area in the shadow of the MAC.
Gordon Inglis, who shared a picture of the rubbish-strewn park said: “This is the result of one sunny day in Cannon Hill park. Grim.”
People living near to the park said the noise from the organised party had been ‘intense’.
At the height of the party, one man tweeted: “Do NOT go to Cannon Hill Park today. 5,000+ people. Jesus!”
While another added: “So glad i’m not there – seems like a sure fire way to get Covid.”
“In all my life I haven’t seen Cannon Hill Park or the roads surrounding it so busy,” commented another local resident.
Footage seen by BirminghamLive also showed two gloved-up men holding an impromptu boxing match in the park – watched by crowds of onlookers.
There were also unverified claims people had travelled up from London for the gathering after seeing flyers.
BirminghamLive have approached West Midlands Police for a statement.