START spreading the news...Sheffield’s big band sensation Paul Pashley is on song to raise thousands of pounds for two charities with his biggest ever outdoor show - backed by The Star.
X Factor finalist Andy Abraham and Sheffield singer songwriter Philippa Hanna are also on the bill, with other names yet to be announced.
The Party In The Park event, which will celebrate the big band era, expects to attract 3,000 people and is jointly organised by Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Ashgate Hospice, with the aim of raising vital funds.
Vintage and memorabilia stalls, plus a range of refreshments, will also be on offer at Bakewell Showground on Saturday, September 1, from 2pm. The show starts at 4pm.
Music lovers are urged to turn up in retro wartime outfits but they are being promised more than a nostalgic trip down memory lane to round off the summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Paul Pashley and his 17-piece big band will perform timeless Rat Pack classics and belt out swing arrangements of modern pop favourites by the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Thin Lizzy.
His set-list includes new songs written especially for him by Take That’s Gary Barlow, rock legend Bryan Adams and his Grammy award-winning producer Eliot Kennedy.
Guest support is Andy Abraham, who shot to fame as runner-up to Shayne Ward in the X Factor final in 2005.
His debut album sold 176,000 copies in its first week and he is currently touring the UK with his show The History of the Big Bands, with classics such as In the Mood and Take The A-Train.
All entertainment is provided by LGI Enterprises.
Bluebell Wood, which has its roots in Doncaster, is based at North Anston and serves families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and North West Lincolnshire. It receives no statutory government funding and needs to raise £3m each year to continue its work.
Ashgate Hospice, in Chesterfield, provides specialist palliative care to adults from across North Derbyshire and annually needs to bring in £2.3m from fundraising.
Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “This is going to be a great fun event. We want people to dress up in retro style and get into the nostalgic spirit of the event.”
See www.bluebellwood.org and www.ashgatehospice.org for more details about the work of the hospices and ways to volunteer or donate.
Tickets for the event are £20 adults and £10 under-12s.
Book online at www.bluebellwoodshop.co.uk or www.ashgatehospice.org, call 01909 517 360, or 01246 568801. Tickets are also available from the charities’ shops in Bakewell.
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