In the park

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE -

IF LOUGH­BOR­OUGH were a vil­lage the same size as Mountsor­rel then half the res­i­dents would have, at some point, been in Queen’s Park last Satur­day.

The weather held and the peo­ple came, with es­ti­mates of up to 4,000 visi­tors through­out the af­ter­noon. For an event that aims to be an arts­based ver­sion of a ‘vil­lage fete’, but in a town, that is a rea­son­able turnout!

Queen’s Park was packed with stalls and ac­tiv­i­ties this year. For the more ad­ven­tur­ous there were a host of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties to en­gage with pro­vided by Above and Beyond, the Scouts and Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil.

With more than 40 stalls there was plenty to en­gage peo­ple want­ing to buy food or gifts, play games and find in­for­ma­tion or op­por­tu­ni­ties to sign up to new ac­tiv­i­ties.

The ‘Flap­per Elec­tion’ tent was set up by Lough­bor­ough Li­brary Lo­cal Stud­ies Vol­un­teers to com­mem­o­rate the 1929 elec­tion – the first at which full and equal vot­ing rights were es­tab­lished.

In a mir­ror­ing of that elec­tion Ram­sey Mac­Don­ald, an­nounced by the BID chair Les Cope-Newman, once again achieved a ma­jor­ity of votes.

With nearly ten hours of en­ter­tain­ment there was a lot to see - In­ter­na­tional Street Artist award win­ner Ja­son Mav­er­ick was a big hit with young and old, as were Ir­ish folk band Kelly’s He­roes and SkaA­manga. Colour, drum­ming and move­ment were added by per­form­ers and cos­tumes of the Tak­ing Flight tour of the East Mid­lands car­ni­val net­work (EMCCAN).

Mor­ris teams from Bare Bones and Way of the Wyrd brought colour, mu­sic and life to the band­stand area that also hosted two per­for­mances of Ra­pun­zel by Cho­rus The­atre.

The main stage area also saw per­for­mances of tribal dance, mu­sic from the com­bined Boys and Girls Bri­gades and a mov­ing vi­o­lin per­for­mance from Alexan­der Black plus drum so­los from eight-year-old Max Holmes.

Maria’s Lit­tle Singers pro­vided charm and the won­der­ful drum­mers of Sileby Slap­pers added rhythm.

Charn­wood Arts has had a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back on the event.

A spokesper­son for the or­gan­i­sa­tion said: “This is an event that has so far re­fused to go away and there is one sim­ple rea­son for that.

“It’s not just about what’s on of­fer – it op­er­ates on a rel­a­tive shoe string – it’s the sim­ple de­sire of peo­ple to be able to come out to some­thing where there are oth­ers, where fam­i­lies are wel­come and a sense of com­mu­nity per­sists – thank you Lough­bor­ough for your sup­port!”

■ EMCCAN Per­form­ers - Tak­ing Flight Tour. Photo by Kevin Ryan.

■ The Flap­per Elec­tion. Pic­ture by Karl Ti­isler

■ A fine day for the crowds. Pic­ture by Karl Ti­isler

■ Ja­son Mav­er­ick. Pic­ture by Kevin Ryan

■ Bare Bones and Way of the Wyrd. Photo by Karl Ti­isler

■ Tak­ing Flight. Pic­ture by Karl Ti­isler

■ Maria’s Lit­tle Singers. Photo by Karl Ti­isler

■ Sileby Slap­pers. Photo by Karl Ti­isler

■ Ra­pun­zel with Cho­rus The­atre. Pic­ture by Kevin Ryan

■ A meet­ing of three civic dig­ni­taries. Photo by Karl Ti­isler

■ Alexan­der Black on Vi­o­lin. Photo by Kevin Ryan

■ Ska-Amanga. Photo by Karl Ti­isler

■ Tony Dug­gan of Kelly’s He­roes. Photo by Kevin Ryan

■ Mayor of Charn­wood, Coun Chris­tine Har­ris, opens the event. Pic­ture by Kevin Ryan

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