Bigger and better March Summer Festival

The March Summer Festival Committee have once again pulled out all the stops to provide a great, free weekend in West End Park from June 7 to 9.

Following on from the Think Floyd tribute band last year, the committee have arranged a performance by the UK Beach Boys on the open air stage in the park on the Saturday evening (June 8).

Described as the number one Beach Boys tribute act, the group, who accurately recreate the sounds of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, have actually appeared with original band members.

Rodney Crabb, stage acts co-ordinator for the Festival said: “When we saw the UK Beach Boys at the Peterborough Beer Festival a few years ago, we thought they would be perfect for our event and after the success of the tribute band last year, we decided to book the band.”

Also on the Saturday evening Soulweaver will be performing.

The Lions Gala is on the Saturday, which will be officially opened by Jason Wing, Principal of Neale-Wade Academy and Andrew Pugh, the Mayor of March, at 1.45pm. The attractions will include the return of the miniature railway and a new attraction in the form of ‘Pig Racing’ with a twist. Derek Rutter, of March Lions said the Pig Racing went down a storm at the St George’s Fayre in April.

March Summer Festival is now in its 13th year. It starts on Friday June 7 in the evening with a showcase of younger bands, co-ordinated jointly by Young People March and Pandamonium Productions.

On Saturday, as well as the Gala, there will be the carnival parade, organised by Rob Skoulding and Graham Litchfield, and led by the Town Crier followed by the Gala Princess, Charlotte Brealey and her attendant, Hannah Rose Howes (sponsored by March Lions and the Fenland Citizen) and the Mayor.

The parade will also include the Soham Marjorettes, Sambanda Samba Band, as well as many local groups and decorated vehicles.

The format for Sunday will be similar to previous years but with a car boot sale (no traders) in the morning which will finish before the music of the Chatteris Town Band heralds the start of the Picnic in the Park. There will also be storytelling with Paul Jackson, circus skills workshops with clown Adrian Ley and the colouring competition organised by Penny Hicks. The weekend will culminate in a concert by the Alan Norris Big Band.

Free souvenir programmes for the Festival are available in advance from town centre shops and at the park during the event. A PDF version of the programme can also be downloaded from the website:

All the programmes contain a chance to win a number of prizes donated by local businesses in the free prize draw. Winners will be announced on Sunday during the concert.

March Summer Festival is made possible with funding from March Town and Fenland District councils and with help or sponsorship from March Lions Club who run the gala, the Fenland Citizen who run the Gala Princess Competition, The British Red Cross who provide first aid cover; MADAOS and March CEC, Young People March and the George Campbell Leisure Centre and a number of local businesses for the loan of equipment and numerous other local businesses, groups and individuals.