They came, they par­tied and they

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Festival In The Park - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­ Nearly 5,000 peo­ple turned out to en­joy the mu­sic and sun­shine at the ninth an­nual Ash­ford Fes­ti­val in the Park.

The crowds flocked to the free fes­ti­val, which boasted around 30 acts and a fun­fair, at North Park – along­side the Stour Cen­tre – on Satur­day and Sun­day.

“It was a fan­tas­tic week­end,” said or­gan­iser Ed­ward Lockett. “I couldn’t have hoped for bet­ter weather and the line-up and the back­stage team were just fan­tas­tic.

“Rosie Horne was just su­perb and Coco and the But­ter­fields were mag­nif­i­cent.”

Mr Lockett, the lead singer of band Who’s Brian?, is hop­ing they have raised enough money to cover their costs and make a do­na­tion to the Ash­ford Youth Theatre.

“I’m hop­ing we’ve got the money in the cof­fers to be able to do it again,” he said.

“We re­ally want to cel­e­brate our 10th an­niver­sary but un­less there’s enough money from do­na­tions and the raf­fle we won’t be able to.”

Fes­ti­val spon­sors in­cluded Au­dio En­ergy, Pre­mier Mar­quees, and Ball Con­trac­tors.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil pro­vided the event with free park­ing and rub­bish col­lec­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion www.ash­ford­fes­ti­valinthep­ark.

Ash­ford’s North Park was the set­ting for Fes­ti­val in the Park - Ken­tish Ex­press ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive Sharon Hard­ing had her hen do at the fes­ti­val, seen here sur­rounded by fel­low hens; right, the


Right, Molly Cooper came ready to party


Eboni Matthews got in the party spirit

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