Music lights up town park after £8,900 festival boost

Anne Sobolewski (third from left) with Nigel Champken-Woods (fourth) and mayor Peter Lambert (fifth)
Anne Sobolewski (third from left) with Nigel Champken-Woods (fourth) and mayor Peter Lambert (fifth)

Elms Park is now a safer place to walk through at night thanks to the proceeds from a music festival.

Wet weather deterred some from attending Music In The Park last year, but the 2,000 people who braved the conditions, helped organisers raise more than £8,900.

The cash has been matched by Thame Town Council and the combined amount has been used to install lighting in Elms Park, where the festival takes place.

Nigel Champken-Woods, chairman of the Music in the Park organising committee, said it is now considering what more can be done to improve the park.

The festival was launched to help Friends of Elms Park raise funds to improve the local community.

Mr Champken-Woods said: “Music in the Park has become a much-loved fixture in the Thame social calendar.

“So we’re delighted that we have been able to help the Friends of Elms Park secure this major improvement for the park.”

Town mayor Peter Lambert and Anne Sobolewski - the great-granddaughter of Leonard Purser, who gifted the park to the town - helped unveil the lights at Elms Park (pictured).

This year’s festival is on Sunday, including a variety of music and dance across two main stages.

Madness tribute act The Skasouls UK will headline the event and will be joined by more than 30 other acts covering rock, folk, rap, dance, big band, choir and a harpist.

On-the-door prices are £10 for adults, £5 for students, under 18s and senior citizens and £25 for families. Under fives go free.

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