Hundreds enjoy singing in the rain!

Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed an afternoon of free entertainment yesterday in Ponteland.''Performers at the Town Council's Music in the Park
Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed an afternoon of free entertainment yesterday in Ponteland.''Performers at the Town Council's Music in the Park

WET weather may have meant a change of plan for Ponteland’s Music In The Park, but it did not deter the crowds.

The free music event, which is now in its third year, was due to take place at Ponteland Park on Sunday, but water-logged ground meant it had to move to the nearby Memorial Hall.

However, despite the switch, and competition from the Wimbledon tennis final, around 500 people turned out to join in the fun.

Performers included Sonia Michelle, Dunston Silver Band, Ponteland’s Community Band and Community Choir and children from all five local schools, while BBC weatherman Paul Moody was compere.

The event, which was sponsored by the local Lions and Rotary clubs, was organised by Ponteland Town Council as one of a number of community initiatives to encourage residents to have pride in the area.

Mayor Peter Cowey said: “Drums, jazz bands, choirs from the various schools, Sonia Michelle and Dunston Silver Band completed an afternoon’s splendid entertainment.”

The event raised £320 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund.