AROUND 3,500 people helped raise thousands of pounds on a day of fun and entertainment at Thame’s Music in the Park event in Elms Park.
Young and old danced into the evening and enjoyed activities including zorbing, a bungee run and goes on a mega-slide, as well as more peaceful pursuits including picnics and browsing the colourful trade stalls.
The day was in aid of the Friends of Elms Park and raised about £15,000, which will go towards installing some lighting along the footpath that runs through the park.
Organisers and attendees were blessed with good weather and made the most of it, with roughly twice as many visitors and double the amount of money raised compared to last year, which was the first time Music in the Park has been held.
A variety of music was on offer to suit all tastes across three stages, along with electronic music in ‘the Bubble’ after 5pm, with bars and food stands keeping everyone going.
There were also children’s activities run by Barley Hill Church’s ‘Base’ group, allowing parents to leave those aged four to 12 to enjoy a range of games and craft activities for 45 minutes while they checked out other parts of the event.
And as the day drew to its climax, Ultimate Elton, Hats Off To Led Zeppelin, Muttz Knuttz and headliners the Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band got the crowd on their feet and dancing.
Chairman of the Friends of Elms Park, Alison Champken-Woods, thanked every-one involved in the event and said: “Music in the Park is a wonderful community event.
“It provides a fantastic family day out and also raises funds to help improve this little gem of a park for the people of Thame.”