Families flock to Corby estate fun day

Evie and James Sanders
Evie and James Sanders

Hundreds of residents of Oakley Vale estate in Corby enjoyed a day of music, dance and games at the area’s eighth annual family fun day.

For the first time it was held at the estate’s new community centre and grounds.

Among the attractions on Saturday was live music from Frank Marvel on guitar, Annette Driver on vocals and Amy Coy on saxophone.

Revellers enjoyed displays by Nene Valley Dance, Cuban and Ecuadorean dancing with Dorey Storey and Yanelis and Hungarian belly-dancing by Dorina, as well as African singing by Annah Kwambana’s Wadzanai group.

Community association chairman Paul Balmer said: “There was a fabulous sense of a growing multi-cultural community with everybody pitching in with their own contribution to the day.

“So much of the music and dance consisted of local people sharing their talent for free. It was a great beginning on this wonderful site.”

Other attractions included children’s entertainment, a soft play area, train rides and archery, bowling, a community café and barbecue by Sue Coy and a family disco provided by Pat Coy. The event was organised by Corby councillor Judy Caine with help from Jim Lowe, Brigitta Palinkas and Yannis and Brigid Gibbs.

As part of the day the estate’s youth music group, Oakley Rangers, held its presentation of prizes.

Corby mayor, Cllr Anthony Dady, presented the Brennie’ Gibson Les Paul guitar to Derri Mutch McDonald for making significant progress.

The Golden Telecaster award went to Elliot Smith and Ben McPhee received a Boss Chorus Ensemble, donated by Brian May of Queen.

Paul and Mandy Young of Adrenaline Alley donated their late son John Chard Young’s five string bass which was presented to Joe Coy.