The Summer Festival, for which the theme for this year is TOP OF THE POPS, will commence at 6.30pm on the evening of Friday 10 June, with ROCK IN THE PARK a showcase of younger bands, co-ordinated by James Miller of CamBlast Promotions. The bands lined up are Poncho Pilots, Damaged, The Night Forests Grew and Tree House Fire.
On Saturday 11 June, the GRAND FESTIVAL PARADE
will set off from noon to go around the town led by Vivien the Fire
Engine, closely followed by numerous classic vehicles. The walking
parade led by the Gala Princess and her attendant (or Prince) in a
horse-drawn carriage provided by George Sharman will set off shortly
afterwards followed by the Mayor in a Triumph Stag driven by Mark
Vawser and the floats and walking groups representing numerous local
organisations and businesses.
The action will then move to West End Park for the LIONS GALA which will be officially opened (along with the Festival itself) at 1.45pm by Andrew Donnelly, Mayor of March and Ian Groome, the Lions President, along with Bernard and Sylvia Keane who both served as Summer Festival committee members since its foundation. The Gala will comprise lots of stalls and activities provided by local groups and societies along with a display of classic vehicles.
Also on the stage on Saturday afternoon will be the presentation of cups to the winners in the Parade, judged by John Elworthy of the Cambs Times followed by the judging of the FANCY DRESS COMPETITION at 2.00pm by Johnny Dee of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. The latter will be awarded prizes, with the best entrant also given the Patsy Brewin Memorial Trophy.
The stage will then be cleared to make way for dancing displays by Lisa Dickinson's Dance Mania, The Casey Academy Of Irish Dancing and Neale Wade BTEC Students interspersed with songs by Luci Collins.
As the Gala begins to wind down POP IN THE PARK will take over at 4.15pm with music from Something Nasty in the Woodshed and The Supergroup (actually an amalgamation of local groups Mind the Gap and Whiskey Twist), culminating in a performance at 8.00pm by the acclaimed 1960s tribute band The 6Ts.
The PICNIC IN THE PARK on Sunday 12 June will commence at noon with music on the stage until 6.15pm provided by The Fenland Youth Swing Band, Back Two, MADAOS, Ivan Garford and ‘Jazz Odyssey’ and Catch 22
There will also be lots of activities in the family arena (by the bandstand) from 1.00pm until 3.30pm, including The Colouring Competition (with the chance to win great prizes), Face painting with Hayley Dolbear, Circus Skills with Adrian Ley, Nature activities with the Friends of Rings End Nature Reserve and vegetable themed activities and a show by Madame Zucchini
At the end of the park you can also find the FUN DOG SHOW (organised by Doggy Styling).
The weekend will end with a FINALE CONCERT on Sunday evening with the ever popular Alan Norris Big Band who will provide us with a dynamic evening full of ‘blasts from the past.’
The FREE Souvenir programmes for the Festival are available from the Town Hall, Library, the Leisure Centre and many town centre shops and businesses. There should also be some available on the park during the event.
All the programmes contain a chance to win one of many great prizes, donated by local businesses in the prize draw, for which a donation of a minimum of just £1 will be required. Last entries must be received before the Sunday night concert as winners will be announced during the interval.
If you want to keep up to date with the event check out, and like, our Facebook page.
If you would like to help or be involved in
the Festival Parade contact Councillor Rob Skoulding by email - RSkoulding@AOL.com or Marie Rayner, via our Facebook Page
the Vintage Vehicle part of the Parade, contact Ray Howes
the stage events in West End Park, or help with funding or sponsorship, contact Clive Lemmon on 01354 653 709 or email: email@example.com
the March Lions Gala, contact Ian Groome.
For other contacts use links on our Facebook page.
A comprehensive history of the festival can be found on the History page.
Why is there a little pink pig hanging below the March Summer Festival banner above the stage?
The little pig was left in West End Park and handed in as lost property a number of years ago. It was not claimed and as it seemed to sum up the achievement of the festival – turning the empty park into the busy festival site sometimes feels a bit like managing to get “pigs to fly!” For a while the little pig was suspended in the control caravan and then it was decided to 'fly' it from the rigging above the stage.
March Lions Club Gala
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