Ready for a party

FINAL preparations are under way for the Friends of Page Park 25th Anniversary Party in the Park.

The event on July 6 will feature eight musical acts on the bandstand and a variety of food stalls.

People are being invited to come along, bring a picnic blanket or a chair and enjoy a relaxing day.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm.

First up on the bandstand at 11am are three acts from West of England Music and Arts, which provides music education in South Gloucestershire schools. The Fruit Flies, The Mad Hatters and The Placeholders will entertain the crowd for just under an hour. Next up at 12.10pm are the Port of Bristol Shanty Crew, a group of mates mixing traditional and modern maritime songs. At 1.15pm Mangotsfield Ukelele jam will take to the stage for a half-hour performance, before another 30-minute concert by steel band Steel Appeal from 2pm.

Singer-songwriter Chris Stanley will perform from 2.45-3.30pm before rhythm and blues band The Blues Conspirators round off the day with an hour and 15 minute set from 3.45pm.

A variety of food stalls have been booked, from Thai and Turkish food to burgers, cakes and pastries.

The Friends have appealed for as many visitors as possible to walk to the event or park their cars away from the park and surrounding roads, which have suffered congestion problems due to poor parking, which can affect the 49 and 7 bus services.

They are also appealing for volunteers to help set up and take down the event, and for donations.

Friends vice-chair Steph Purser said: “The party is a free event but it costs around £3,000 to stage events like this, so we’ll have the donation buckets out – if you donate it will help pay for more events in the future.”

*The Page Park Billy Kart Derby, first staged last year, is taking a year off and is due to return in 2025.