Fenland Big Weekender brings the ultimate 60s throwback

Rob Skoulding pictured at the Fenland Big Weekender at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March.
Rob Skoulding pictured at the Fenland Big Weekender at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March.

The Fenland Big Weekender kicked off at 7.30pm on Friday, July 15 in March at The Marquee alongside the Oliver Cromwell Hotel.

The Marquee was an active music venue in the 1960s in Fenland and attracted visits from the infamous Kray Twins.

Craft stalls at the Fenland Big Weekender, held at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March.

Craft stalls at the Fenland Big Weekender, held at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March.

The 6ts band performed various 60s classics and got everyone dancing – some of whom were in 1960s clothes.

Local Entertainer Gary Tustin hosted the weekend’s festivities, where on Saturday, July 16 The Marquee became home to the Hi De Hi event and an arts and craft

fair.

Stalls were located inside including jewellery and 60s inspired hair and makeup.

Traditional Punch and Judy fun at the Fenland Big Weekender.

Traditional Punch and Judy fun at the Fenland Big Weekender.

Competitions also took place including glamorous grannies and bonnie babies.

Outside children and adults enjoyed period games and entertainment including Punch and Judy and Daphne and Scooby.

On Saturday evening The Marquee was transformed into the cabaret club where a professional cabaret band performed a showcase mega mix alongside local talent from 7.30pm till 11.30pm, organised by 20 Twenty Productions project manager Katherine Nightingale and lead band member Graham Mcgrotty.

Sunday took a trip down memory lane back to the movies.

Graham Melton pictured at the Fenland Big Weekender.

Graham Melton pictured at the Fenland Big Weekender.

1960s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was screened at 2pm followed by The Italian job at 5pm.

The Fenland Big Weekender is part of a larger arts council-funded project called the Market Place.

The weekend extravaganza was also supported by 20 twenty productions, Cambs Times and Market and Events Ltd.

The people of March had a wonderful opportunity to experience a range of arts and entertainment staged over three days,

“We look forward to co-operating with Market Place and The March Creative Forum on an exciting new project next year”, director of Market and Events Ltd, Mike Chapman said.

With the 1960s music venue and the variety of 1960s arts and entertainment, The Fenland Big weekender captured the defining essence of the decade that would go down in history as the Swinging Sixties.