Elvis impersonator Gary Jay, parades and more announced for 15th March Summer Festival

St George's Fayre, March. Gary Jay (Elvis Impersonator) entertaining the crowds.Picture: Steve Williams. St George's Fayre, March. Gary Jay (Elvis Impersonator) entertaining the crowds.Picture: Steve Williams.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
2:12 PM

One of the best Elvis impersonators around and a swing band made up of talented local young musicians are among the attractions at the 15th March Summer Festival.

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The March Summer Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.The March Summer Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

The festival, which attracts thousands of people and is one of the town’s biggest annual events, takes place in West End Park on June 6-8.

Headlining on Saturday night will be the Benwick based Elvis tribute singer Gary Jay, who will be supported by one of the best Elvis backing bands in the UK.

He said: “I am really looking forward to the show. It is always an honour to appear in front of your home crowd and working with one of the UK’s premier authentic Elvis backing bands, makes this a very exciting prospect. It promises to be a great night!”

Friday evening will see a showcase of younger bands, co-ordinated by Chris Revett of CamBlast Promotions.

The March Summer Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.The March Summer Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

On Sunday, as part of the Picnic in the Park, audiences will get a chance to enjoy music from the swing band era, performed by the Fenland Youth Swing Band under the direction of Alan Norris.

The 23 musicians in this young band, who are mostly Neale-Wade students, gave their debut performance in March.

The Lions Gala, which will be officially opened by Councillor Kit Owen, the Mayor of March, Yvonne Eatock of March Lions and Patsy Brewin of the March Summer Festival Committee, takes place on Saturday.

There will be two parades, the popular March Carnival Parade and a Classic Vehicle Parade featuring numerous classic cars and motorcycles.

As well as live music and dancing, Sunday’s Picnic in the Park will include storytelling with Peter Optical, circus skills workshops with clown Adrian Ley and the colouring competition organised by Penny Hicks.

Free souvenir programmes for the festival are available from the Town Hall, library, George Campbell Leisure Centre and many town centre shops.

All the programmes contain a chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses in the prize draw.

Last entries must be received before the Sunday night concert as winners will be announced during the interval.

If you would like to sponsor the event or help with rigging, de-rigging or stewarding, contact Clive Lemmon at March Town Hall or call 01354 653709.

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