Big plans for Rushden’s party in the park

Party In The Park at Rushden Hall Park last year

Party In The Park at Rushden Hall Park last year

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Thousands of people are expected to descend on Rushden Hall Park for the town’s biggest social event of the year.

The annual Rushden Party in the Park has been running for more than a decade and in the past has raised more than £10,000 in one year alone for charities.

Rushden Town Council, which is organising the event, has promised there will be a fantastic line-up of events again this year, including racing llamas, dance shows, football tournaments, wrestling displays and fairground rides.

Cllr Gill Mercer said: “We’ve got a fantastic line-up organised for Party in the Park. As usual, the emphasis will be on the community and supporting local groups and charities.”

The free event will be officially opened at 1.25pm and will end at about 10pm on Saturday, July 14.

In the arena will be the Blackrock Racing Llamas Display, with two teams of super llamas competing against one another in a fast action relay race, the Portsmouth Area Volunteer Cadet Corps Field Gun Display and, weather permitting, displays by Extreme American Wrestling (EAW).

Nick Bourne, of EAW, said: “We’ve got a great show planned with lots of our big names and 500 DVDs to give away.”

In the walled garden there will be shows by Rushden and Higham Rhythm and Blues Band, the U3A singers, NN10 Community Voices, the Shelmerick School of Dancing, Dance Vybz, South End School Choir and singer Lewis Beaumont.

The Graduates band will perform at about 5pm as a warm-up for the evening and the highlight of the night will be a performance by a Rod Stewart tribute act Jack Danson at 8.45pm.

Anyone who wants a stall can contact Cllr Richard Lewis on 01933 353671 or email R_Lewis6@sky.com.

Programmes are available in the town or from 01933 316216.