March summer festival is set to be one of the best yet with a packed programme for the weekend ahead.
The Festival Committee will continue to offer the town’s own party in the park for free despite discussions earlier in the year about charging.
Along with the popular March Lions gala and its parades, the programme will also boast an Elvis tribute act and a swing band.
Festival committee chairman Marcus Phillips said: “Fenland District Council had suggested that we could fence off the event area and charge admission as they do for the Chatteris Midsummer Festival, but we quickly decided against this, our event has always been free and whilst we do need to raise a lot of money to run this weekend, we would rather people give willingly of their own accord.”
Secretary Clive Lemmon added: “We hope to lay on one of the best weekends yet. We have a full programme which we hope the local community will enjoy.”
The programme kicks off on Friday with Rock in the Park from 6.30pm.
Damaged, Kamikaze Hotshot, Death Radio, Vendetta and Dirty Kirst are all on the bill with guest appearances by Rob Paling between sets.
The fun continues on Saturday with the March Lions gala, which will include charity and trade stalls.
Nina Bridger, 11, is this year’s princess while nine-year-old Lila Mai Mottram has been named the attendant.
This year’s event will include two parades with the classic cars leaving City Road car park at noon while the carnival procession heads off at 12.30pm.
The gala will be officially opened by town mayor Kit Owen, Yvonne Eatock, of March Lions, and Patsy Brewin, from the festival committee.
A fancy dress competition, Lisa Dickinson’s Dance Mania, Tom Harlock and Aimee Peart-Webb along with Sarah’s Street Style Dance and Misty Jones will be providing the entertainment from 2pm.
Pop in the Park will kick off from 4.40pm includes Radiowave, Wild Honey, Soul Weaver with Gary Jay as Elvis with the Wonder of Elvis Band.
Fenland Youth Swing Band will kick off the picnic in the park event on Sunday from 12.30pm. They are followed by Rob James Band plus more acts.
Circus skills and story telling will be on offer in the children’s arena, which will be near the band stand.
The festival will conclude with the Alan Norris Big Band from 7.30pm.