A popular community event in Saughall has triumphed over adversity and will go ahead as planned this weekend.
This year’s Music in the Park was put at risk when an electrical fire tore through the scout hut on Fiddlers Lane on January 30.
The hut – also known as Uniform Group Headquarters – was integral to Music in the Park as it was meant to supply the water and electricity for the event, which is now in its fifth year.
But thanks to the dedicated group of local residents who have organised the 2015 Music in the Park – chair Jenny Young, Kath Evans, Jane Edwards, Andrew Errington, Jackie Alley, Sue Harris, Harry Dobson, Rachel Low and Jeanne Storrar – and the financial support of Saughall and Shotwich Park Parish Council and the Rotary Club, the family-friendly festival will take over Golden Jubilee Park between 2pm and 10pm on Saturday (June 6).
Sue said the destruction of the fire hut was a ‘serious setback’ but has heralded this year’s as the ‘most ambitious so far’.
She said: “I don’t actually think that any of us thought about cancelling the event. We were undeterred and just set about ameliorating the problems, which have been overcome by clever forward planning, lots of bottles of water, a couple of generators and lots of enthusiasm.”
The day will boast dance performances by groups from Just Dance Crew, The Roberts Morgan School of Dance, Brazilian Dancers and Danielle’s Dance and Theatre School, and sets by local musicians The Fakes, Neil Renshaw and Jamie Gardner, Soundwall, Rusty Mahone, The Drive, Alex and the Vibrations, Lantern, Dansette Alligators and Bobcat Billy’s Moonshine Mission.
Sue added: “We’ve got some seriously talented dancers and musicians, but perhaps of particular interest is the drummer in one of the bands. Jesse Green, drumming now with Alex Ayroc and the Vibrations, had a solo career in 1976 as a disco singer.”
Attractions on offer will include Beat the Goalie, face painting, pony rides, a tombola and a raffle.
Saughall Ethical Food Market will be running a beer tent and refreshment stalls and food will be available on the day.
Tickets cost £7.50 – under 12s go free – and proceeds will go to local causes including Saughall Colts Junior Football Club and All Saints Church.
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