A POPULAR park has gone smoke free as part of Yorkshire Day celebrations.

Elsecar Park marked the occasion with a launch event at the bandstand.

Coun Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “We want to provide as many smokefree environments as possible for children and their families to enjoy, and I’m thrilled that the whole of Elsecar Park has committed to this ambition.

“Evidence shows that if young people see smoking as part of everyday life they are more likely to smoke themselves so by making smoking invisible to children, we hope to vastly reduce the amount of children and young people picking up the habit and inspire a smoke-free generation.

“As well as the benefits to health, we also hope to see a reduction in cigarette litter in the park, which is costly to clean up as well as being unsightly.”

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, added: “All our smokefree areas are managed through a voluntary code and although there is no threat of enforcement, we hope that people will show consideration for children by not smoking anywhere in Elsecar Park.”