They played a stormer to ensure Wisbech’s fifth rock festival went ahead on Sunday.
The organisers made an eleventh hour decision to switch indoors as heavy rain threatened a cancellation – and with the help of the town’s Queen Mary Centre, volunteers and town councillors they put on a smash hit.
It is estimatedaround 500 people dropped in during the six-and-a-half hours of the Wisbech Town Council-led festival after it was moved from Wisbech Park to the Queen’s Road centre – and council clerk Terry Jordan said: “It was a great success.”
Rain swept in as organisers were setting up at Wisbech Park and Mr Jordan explained: “Public safety was paramount.
“We decided on health and safety grounds to cancel the event in the park and it would have been very easy to call off the whole thing.
“But the bands wanted to play and, with the help of the Queen Mary Centre, we managed to salvage something for the community in a safe environment.
“Fingers crossed there were no disappointments for the public. We had seven bands providing a good mix of musical acts of appeal to all tastes.
“It was extremely successful – there was a good mix of ages in the audience, too.
Seven bands – headliners Five Ska, plus Kamikaze Hotshot, Gifford, Catch 22, Rattleshack, Lexie Green and Death Radio – entertained from 1.45pm until just after 8pm.
As the event started around an hour later than scheduled because of the venue switch, The Merlins stepped aside to allow the other bands time to play their full sets.
The festival – which was opened by Mayor of Wisbech, Coun Michael Hill – also featured a barbecue, bar, face painting and commercial and health advisory stalls.