Town set to party

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SUDBURY is gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year this weekend, writes Neil Bracegirdle.

Thousands of people are expected to attend Party in the Park at Belle Vue Park on Sunday.

The family friendly event, which is running for the fourth year, will feature a packed programme of events from 11am to 9pm and is to be opened by town mayor Jack Owen.

Event organiser Teresa Elford said the party, put on by Sudbury Town Council would once again give community groups and sports clubs in the town an opportunity to showcase their work and activities.

“We will be absolutely jam-packed with stalls and events,” she said.

“Last year, we had around 4,000 people come and we would like to think we’ll get a similar number again, but it all depends on the weather.

“The party has become well known over the years and it is probably the biggest event which is put on in Sudbury.”

The Suffolk School of Samba will kick-off the event, followed by children’s entertainer Mad Dominic.

There will also be dance and zumba exercises as well as a variety of other activities, including circus skills, tennis, football, basketball and hockey challenges, a climbing wall and skateboarding and BMX displays.

Preparations for the event have been ongoing since last year and, although a number of those who have attended the party on previous occasions have voiced concerns about overcrowding, Mrs Elford said there was never any chance the venue would be moved.

“We don’t want to move it because it wouldn’t be the same,” she said.

“If we went to the Delphi, which would be an option, I don’t think it would attract the same people and the park is so pretty.

“We wouldn’t consider the meadows either because health and safety is so tight and it is a bigger area to control.

“We have never had any trouble at Belle Vue and the party is always lovely.”

Live music from The Flaming Llamas, Michael Hinch, Michelle Rand and The Union will round off the event between 6pm and 9pm, with refreshments available from The Cabin.