Music in park is no damp squib

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Families braved the changeable weather to enjoy an afternoon of free musical entertainment in Ponteland.

Around 200 people attended the town council’s Music in the Park event. There were performances from a range of acts, including singer Nicola Brown, the North Tyneside Steel Band, Rendezvous Jazz Band, Ponteland Community Band and The Jill Errington School of Dance and Drama.

Ponteland Mayor Coun Carl Rawlings said: “It went very well – a really enjoyable afternoon. All of the performances were excellent and there was a great variety of music by all the bands and the powerful singer Nicola Brown. “Compere Jonathan Miles of BBC Radio Newcastle was also great fun. He was entertaining and lively.

“The weather was changeable. At times sultry, breezy and wet but, as they say, spirits were not dampened by the rain. In fact, at one point, the rain prompted a Brolly Dolly walkabout in front of the band.

“I thanked several people who were involved in the planning – Jim Robertson, Stewart Blair, Andy Anderson and Town Clerk Kath Mavin.

“I would also like to thank the Scouts for all their help in assembling the marquee and for all the residents who attended on an afternoon of mixed weather but outstanding music.”

Music in the Park, now in its fifth year, is one of a number of community events run as part of the authority’s vision of giving residents a real sense of pride in Ponteland.




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