GALLERY: Crowds flock to Wisbech Park as the weather is kind for fifth annual rock festival

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings.

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

THE weather was kind, the music appreciated and so the bands played on as Wisbech Park hosted the town’s fifth annual free rock festival.

Wisbech Rock Festival.Reflection Picture Barry Giddings.

Wisbech Rock Festival.Reflection Picture Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

Paid for and supported by a £4,000 grant from the town council, this was the fourth year running it was held in the park- the inaugural festival having been staged at the Thomas Clarkson College.

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings.

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

Acting town clerk Susanah Farmer was delighted with the event and felt councillors would want to keep it going in future year.

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings.

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

“Everything went fine, there was a very good crowd throughout the day,” she said. “Looking round you could see the park covered in groups of friends and families, many enjoying picnics as they listened to the music.”

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings.

Wisbech Rock Festival. Picture Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

Mrs Farmer said the council was appreciative of the many councillors who turned up to help and those who came along to support the day.


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“I’d have to say audience wise there must have been around 1,000 people watching and listening to the bands throughout the day,” she said.

There were no reported incidents, she said, and the day passed off peacefully.

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Mrs Farmer said the council was appreciative too of the support of the community but she singled out Robinsons of Upwell who loaned the council two trailers for rock bands to perform on.

“The trailer makes a huge difference,” she said. “And the drivers never cease to amaze with their skills- they manage to park precisely where required.”

The Mayor, Councillor Samantha Hoy, said there were “loads of people to thank for making this a great day.” She said her thanks went to everyone involved whether it was helping with sound equipment, actually plating, stewarding or even picking up litter.

“So many people did their bit,” she said.

Social media was aglow with positive feedback from the event

“What a great day and well done to all those involved in organizing this event,” one mum wrote on Facebook. “I and my family had a lovely day and the weather stayed away which made it even better thank you.”

Band member Lee Hodgkinson wrote: “Thank you for having us! The organisers put on an amazing show.”

Another band member Tommy Loose wrote: “Hey guys, thanks a million for having me/us! Really enjoyed playing, appreciate the slot very much. Hope to play for you again soon.”

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