Long Sutton’s annual Music in the Park event is ready to go ahead again this year after it secured the crucial backing of parish councillors.
Issues over health and safety matters were agreed between organisers of the event in Winfrey Park on Sunday, August 28, and members of Long Sutton Parish Council keen to ensure that all the “necessary paperwork was in place”.
The fate of this year’s event looked uncertain after claims that parish councillors had withheld permission for the 12-hour family music event to go ahead.
But at a meeting last Thursday, parish council members voted in favour of allowing Music in the Park to take place, with acts including the Peele Community College Band and singing sensation Lauren Quenby Cambridge who amazed organisers and visitors with her performance at last year’s event.
Jack Tyrrell, chairman of Events and Entertainment in Long Sutton (EELS) whose members organise Music in the Park, said: “I’m very pleased that the parish council has done what we were all hoping for in supporting it.
“The whole idea of Music in the Park is to bring people together for one day, especially after hearing from a lady who said that she hadn’t seen her school friend for 20 years, even though they live in the same town.
We’re always in support of people who want to do things in the town, but we just have to make sure that things are in place to make such events safeNew Long Sutton Parish Council chairman Coun Charles Moore
Music in the Park is in its fourth year and Jack said: “We’re not doing it for ourselves but for the community.”
New Long Sutton Parish Council chairman Coun Charles Moore confirmed his happiness for Music in the Park to go ahead after meeting the necessary health and safety requirements.
Coun Moore said: “We’re always in support of people who want to do things in the town, but we just have to make sure that things are in place to make such events safe.
“That was the process we went through this time and with everything now in place, we’re happy to support Jack Tyrrell and EELS with the event at Winfrey Park as we’ve done before and my chairmanship will continue in that way.
“As long as everything is in place then the council will support it.”