A summer of free music is set to kick off in Ellington Park on Sunday 19 July. Following on from another hugely successful May Fayre, we will be delivering a variety of fantastic music to suit all tastes.
The performances will take place on the Park’s historic Bandstand across four consecutive Sundays (2-4pm), starting with folk group Celtic Capers – who make a welcome return to the Park on 19 July. You may remember the Celtic Capers from the 2014 May Fayre, when they warmed the crowd up with their folky tunes before the official opening at midday. One of the group’s members, Simon Dundas (aka “The Whistling Gardener”), was the man who designed and dug the pond and bog garden in the Wildlife Area.
The excellent Jude Paul will then take centre stage, singing as Frank Sinatra on 26 July. He is a Bandstand debutant and we really look forward to welcoming him to Ellington Park.
Ukelele sensation Eric Storm, along with the fun and exotic group Gypskazz, will be providing a bumper afternoon’s entertainment on 2 August. Eric’s innovative Youtube videos are very popular – his cover of Amy MacDonald’s This Is The Life has attracted well over 150,000 views! Meanwhile, Gypskazz, whose exciting project features “Gypsy Jazz and Ska with Balkan, Arabic, Reggae, Rock and Latin influences”, released their first album earlier this year and are already becoming well known for their irresistibly danceable music.
And the up-and-coming Angelo Tristan Band will put on a fantastic finale of acoustic country rock on 9 August.
To make sure everyone remains topped-up throughout, there will also be a waitress service provided by the Flying Horse pub on each of the afternoons.
“We are delighted to be putting on these wonderful afternoons of music on the Bandstand and invite people of all ages to come and relax, bring a picnic and listen to some beautiful sounds”, said Friends’ Chairperson, Beverley Perkins.
“Planning is also well under way for a full-day festival in September to raise funds for the restoration of the Victorian Bandstand, as well as promote a fresh bid for heritage lottery funding later this year”.
A recent bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) – submitted jointly between the Ellington Park Regeneration Committee (EPRC) and landowners Thanet Council – was ultimately unsuccessful.
Beverley, who represents the Friends on the EPRC, said, “We’ve been informed that that there have been changes within the Council, and a person with previous experience of the HLF bidding process has now been employed to help with future applications. We are therefore very confident that a robust bid can be submitted within the next six months, and indeed look forward to working with the Council on a future application”.