The Rushden Jam is back this summer

Last year's Rushden Jam
Last year's Rushden Jam

The popular Rushden Jam event is back this summer and organisers are hoping for a fun-packed day of entertainment.

The annual BMX event will return on Sunday, August 4, at Jubilee Park, Rushden, and will welcome a host of professional and amateur BMX riders who will perform an array of tricks.

There will also be competitions on scooters as well as the usual thrills and spills on the ramps demonstrated by the BMX riders.

Organiser Ben Joyce said he was hoping for a good turnout on the day. He said: “It’s popular, we do well every year, we get a good crowd and we’ve previously had people come from as a far as California.

“I’m not sure we can expect that this year, but I still think we will get a great turnout.”

Mr Joyce added that there will be fun for all the family at the free event.

Professional BMX bikers, including Tom Justice and Ryan Hills, will be giving demonstrations and competing alongside amateurs.

The event also allows amateurs to show off their skills on BMX, skateboards, scooters and inline skates.

An extra ramp has also been provided by Rushden Town Council, to allow more room for the day’s events, which will run from midday to 7pm.

The event is being supported by the town council and Cllr Gill Mercer said she is hoping for a great day.

She said: “This event has been going for 12 years now for young people in the town and it always brings the crowds out.

“People can join in or watch the professional riders do their flips and tricks which is quite something.

“We are always keen to give young people something to do and take their input into things and we are hoping this will be a great event.

“It is not just for the young people though, there is something to entertain people of all ages and all the family.”

There will also be stalls on the day selling a variety of products.

Free parking will be provided in Jubilee Park on Bedford Road, Rushden.

For more details contact Mr Joyce at benjoyce4130@googlemail.com or go to the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/597205576979577/.

Riders must wear helmets and suitable clothing when competing and adhere to strict safety rules.

The riders will need to fill out a disclaimer form, which can be obtained by contacting Mr Joyce or the Rushden Town Council Events Group at rushdeneventsgroup@gmail.com.