Party in the Park puts Woking on the map, say organisers

THE proud organisers behind Woking’s now seemingly annual extravaganza of music, culture and sport say the event’s success helps put the town on the map.

Woking Park was over-run by families for the second Party in the Park celebrations on Saturday, with live music and laughter filling the blue skies above. Council organisers hit the jackpot with the weather, the borough bash arriving on one of the hottest days in the calendar.

The free event was a roaring triumph, as symbolised by the Chinese dancers (inset) and lions who made the town their den over the weekend.

Councillor Graham Cundy, responsible for cultural and community development in Woking, says the party made notable progress after last year’s inaugural edition.

He said: “The event was even more successful this time around than last year as the heat really relaxed everyone.

“I think fun was had by most people and all the bands put on a great show. People drifted in and out at their leisure. The dancers certainly captivated and entertained, and by the end even people in the tea tent were up and dancing away.”

The line-up showcased Woking talent and was hosted by BBC and Roundhouse radio presenter, Fergus Dufton. The main stage was home to an exciting blend of music and dance from local and international bands.

Singer-songwriter Jez Charles and soul singer Kerri Watt graced the stage, while Mainly Madness offered ‘80s grooves as the party reached its climax.

There were also performances from Woking Dance Festival who ran a dance workshop and a silent disco in the Big Top tent.

One-man-band The Focused Distraction held audience attention while Britain’s Got Talent fans were treated to musical comedy from semi-finalist Meat Diva.

Spray-paint classes gave young guests the chance to be creative in the YMCA-led Youth Zone, while wannabe warriors were out to prove themselves worthy in the gladiators’ arena.

Whalley Range Allstars’ giant inflatable pig provided endless entertainment for fascinated kids who were able to peer inside the belly of the beast.

Leader of the council, Cllr John Kingsbury, said: “This was the second event of its kind and once again, I thoroughly enjoyed its inclusive, eclectic and community-based nature. The turnout was fantastic, with many expressing a desire for Party in the Park to be part of Woking’s annual calendar.”

Cllr Cundy added: “The event once again put Woking’s name firmly on the map!”

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