Party In The Park: Dronfield music fans left singing in the rain

Crying Game: Dave Berry performing at Party in the Park in Dronfield.
Crying Game: Dave Berry performing at Party in the Park in Dronfield.
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RAIN couldn’t stop play at this Party in the Park.

Spirits were not dampened despite the rain at the Party in the Park 2012 extravaganza hosted in Dronfield.

Musical performances by Marty Wilde & The Wildcats, Dave Berry and The Cruisers and The Rubettes blew away the storm clouds and got the crowd on their feet.

The open-air festival – raising money for Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield – attracted a cross-section of ages and united music-lovers throughout the community.

It is the second year the event has run – last year the concert raised £18,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

The idea was proposed by Dronfield resident and music-lover Derri Jones, whose inspiration came from attending concerts and festivals at Clumber Park.

Last year, Mr Jones and Barry Northall organised the festival independently but following the success, Party in the Park 2012 was run in conjunction with Dronfield Town Council – and organisers hope it will become an annual event.

Performer Dave Berry said: “All the performers have long careers in the music industry and it was nice to see so many different generations enjoying the same musical performances.

“There was a very successful turnout once again – around 1,600.

“It was good to see the community united and supporting the event.

“It is always great to perform in your hometown and I can’t wait to come back in spring with The Solid Silver ’60s Show.”

Money is still being counted from the Cliffe Park festival but it is expected it will match last year’s total.