The 2017 Festival will be in
West End Park March
from 9th to 11th JUNE

March Summer Festival is a major community event which has been running alongside the March Lions Club Gala, in its present format since the year 2000. Originally the Festival also formed part of the Fenland Colourscape Music Festival.  Now, an open-air stage is set up in West End Park for a weekend and the programme encompasses music and activities to appeal to all ages and tastes. The aim is to bring the community together to celebrate and enjoy local musical and dance talent.

WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL FROM OUR CHAIRMAN

Welcome to the eighteenth March Summer Festival.  I am confident that everyone will find many things to enjoy in the line-up for this year’s Festival.

On Friday night we have a some excellent young bands organised this year by Tom Harlock making his debut in this role (although onstage as a guitarist with various collaborators he is something of a festival Legend).  

On Saturday we have the parade with classic cars walkers and floats. As in previous years many of the classic cars will be parked at the far end of the park following the parade for closer inspection.  

On the stage we have presentations and prizes for the parade and fancy dress followed by the popular dance acts and Pop in the Park - the bands headlined by All Glammed Up playing some of the great glam hits of the 70s.

We have a Flower Power/ Summer of Love theme for the fancy dress this year as this is the 50th anniversary so do dust off those hippy clothes which have been hiding in the cupboard for so long.

Sunday’s “Picnic in the Park” has a difference this year with a blues band to headline the evening and a slightly earlier finish and I hope you enjoy the new look (although with many favourites still in place).

Your compere for the weekend will be Gary Tustin who is back by popular demand after last year’s debut.

Away from the stage Saturday will also have the Lions Gala in the Park as well as fairground rides over the weekend and, on Sunday, children’s entertainment and once again a dog show.

From all the Committee, I would like to thank everyone involved with the festival and wish all of you a wonderful weekend. 

Marcus Phillips 

(Chairman March Summer Festival) 

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Why is there a little pink pig hanging below the March Summer Festival banner above the stage?

The little pig was left in West End Park and handed in as lost property a number of years ago. It was not claimed and as it seemed to sum up the achievement of the festival – turning the empty park into the busy festival site sometimes feels a bit like managing to get “pigs to fly!” For a while the little pig was suspended in the control caravan and then it was decided to 'fly' it from the rigging above the stage.