Thousands of people brave the weather to Party in the Park

10 July 2012

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Even the soggy weather couldn't dampen the spirits of an estimated six to seven thousand people who donned their wellies and visited the Borough's first Party in the Park in Woking Park over the weekend (Saturday 7 July).

The day's earlier wet weather held off allowing the thousands of visitors the opportunity to enjoy the free family-friendly event, delivered by Celebrate Woking. From midday to 7pm, visitors were treated to an extravaganza of music, dance, sport and culture, including an array of interactive activities, workshops and live performances by local and national specialist artists.

Leading the festivities, the Eagle Radio main stage delivered a spectacular set from well-known artists, including acoustic guitarist and vocalist Kif James, Skiffle-masters the Charley Farley Sunday Four and the `poptastic' The Toniks to name but a few. Finishing off the event and evening in style was Woking-based headline act, The Stanley Blacks, recently back from their first LA tour!

Speaking about the Borough's first Party in the Park, Cllr Tony Branagan Woking Borough Council's Lead Member for 2012, said: "I was delighted to see thousands of the people, including families, groups of young people and older people enjoying themselves at the event, despite the earlier wet weather. The performances and overall experience truly encapsulated the Olympic values which inspired the Celebrate Woking vision to: 'be proud, be part of it!'

"Continuing on from Party in the Park's success, the Celebrate Woking team are working hard to finalise the preparations for West Byfleet LI:VE event, which will take place during the opening weekend of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Cycle Road Race events from 27 to 29 July."

Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of the Council, added: "I thoroughly enjoyed the inclusive, busy and eclectic nature of this event, which was reinforced by many of the stallholders and visitors that I spoke to during the afternoon. Many put forward exceedingly positive feedback and expressed a desire to add Party in the Park to Woking's annual calendar of events.

"The Council is currently seeking feedback about the event, so we can determine whether there is support for a follow-up event next year. If you or someone you know enjoyed Party in the Park and have any comments and suggestions, please complete our online survey at www.celebratewoking.info."

Complete the Party in the Park feedback survey here.

Find out more information about West Byfleet LI:VE here.