March summer festival 2013

The March Summer Festival Committee have once again pulled out all the stops to provide a great (and FREE) weekend in West End Park, on June 7 – 9

Following from the success of Think Floyd last year, the committee have arranged for a performance by the UK Beach Boys on the open air stage in the park on 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 March Summer Festival explained, “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. They sound great and even if the sun might not shine all evening, we will at least get to hear the sound of summer!”

On the subject of the Peterborough Beer Festival, the March Summer Festival audience on Saturday evening will also get a chance to hear Soulweaver, who performed at Peterborough last summer. The Cambridgeshire based rock band, who are influenced by such greats as Led Zeppelin and Cream are guaranteed to have you rocking in the Park!

The Lions Gala on Saturday, which will be officially opened by Jason Wing, Principal of Neale Wade Academy and Andrew Pugh, the Mayor of March, at 1.45pm, 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, people were sceptical at first but when they saw it they thought it was brilliant...Prepare to be amazed!”

March Summer Festival is an annual event, now in its 13th year, which commences on the evening of Friday June 7, with a showcase of younger bands, co-ordinated jointly by Young People March and Pandamonium Productions. On Saturday, as well as the Gala, the town will be the venue for the ever popular March Carnival Parade, organised by Rob Skoulding and Graham Litchfield, and led by the Town Crier followed by the Gala Princess, Charlotte Brearley and her attendant, Hannah Rose Howes (sponsored by March Lions and the Fenland Citizen) and the Mayor of March Cllr Andrew Pugh. 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 concert by the ever popular Alan Norris Big Band.

FREE Souvenir programmes for the Festival are available in advance from town centre shops and on the park during the event. A PDF version of the programme can also be downloaded from our 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 the following:- March Town Council, and Fenland District Council and with help or sponsorship from March Lions Club who run the gala; The Fenland Citizen who organise and run the Gala Princess Competition and give us lots of publicity; 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.