SLIDESHOW: Music in the Park rocks Thame

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Music fans rocked Thame’s Music in the Park despite the weather doing its best to put a dampener on the occasion.

The music event hosted by Friends of Elms Park returned for a third successive year with a wide variety of local acts.

Music in the Park at Elms Park, Thame - photos by Russ Naylor

Music in the Park at Elms Park, Thame - photos by Russ Naylor

Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley opened the event and spent several hours at the festival, which is designed to raise money for Elms Park.

Organiser and marketing volunteer Steve Gunn said: “The feedback has been fantastic. Unfortunately, numbers were hit by the weather, though.

“Advanced tickets had sold better this year as well.”

This year’s line-up included tribute act Hats off to Led Zeppelin, the Dung Beatles, Stone Cold Broke and Bootlegger and headliners, Oxfordshire-based Bolt from the Blue.

Mr Gunn said the day attracted more than 2,000 people but they had expected double that figure, with more than 3,500 people turning up in 2012.

The organiser said they had now raised enough money to install lighting in Elms Park, but a final figure on how much was raised is yet to be confirmed.

In previous years the music festival has raised more than £7,000 and Mr Gunn said the event would be returning again next year.

“It’s getting to be a constant cycle,” he said.

“We’ll have a bit of a break over the summer then we will back planning again in autumn.

“Everything seems to work fine now, the two live stages of music and dance, the acoustic stage.

“There really is something for everyone.”