Fun for all the family as Lowestoft Lions’ Oulton Broad charity gala day celebrates 25th anniversary event
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It is a popular annual tradition.
And big crowds are expected to flock to Oulton Broad once more on Monday for one of the biggest events on the calendar.
With a packed programme of more than ten hours of entertainment, Lowestoft Lions are promising 'great fun' for all the family at their annual charity Gala Day at Nicholas Everitt Park.
The Lions' main charity event of the year takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28 – and it is set to be an extra-special occasion as 2017 marks the Lions' 25th anniversary gala.
With powerboat racing and the annual 'Maiden in Distress' raft-race on the water and a host of attractions and live entertainment in the park, a full programme of arena entertainment will see two very different stunt shows jointly topping the bill at this year's gala.
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Jez Avery's show involves trick moves on vehicles with four wheels, two wheels, one wheel and even no wheels. While Mark Stannage's stunt team is a true family affair as they perform a spectacular high fall and flaming high fall show, which also features motorbike, quad, fire and ramp jumping stunts.
Other arena performers include the canine antics from the popular Waggy Tails Dog Agility Display Team, the Wuffa Saxon and Viking Dark Age Re-enactment Society and the Mandarin BMX display team.
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Musical entertainment on stage includes the Lowestoft Signing Choir, singing star Jazmine Banks and the 'Going Dutch' duo together with the Oulton Broads harmony group and Bellatonic acapella singers.
There's fun for the children with Andy the Clown, the K-Syl-R youngsters disco and a Professor Jingles Punch and Judy show. The all-day entertainment will also include Larry Gray's Funfair as well as busker Will Haigh, birds of prey and the usual wide range of stalls, food outlets and a beer tent.
The very popular Buster James Band and their support group 'Jacque d'Ladde' will get the park rocking into the evening and a superb fireworks display will be set off at 9pm from a pontoon on the Broads.
Nicholas Everitt Park opens at 9am and admission, including a free event brochure, costs £7 for adults and £1 for accompanied children.
'We hope you enjoy the day'
Ahead of the 25th anniversary gala day, Lowestoft Lions President Derek Ward thanked everyone for their continued support and encouraged all to 'enjoy the day.'
He said: 'We have arranged a feast of varied entertainment for your pleasure. There's a host of first class acts in the arena and on stage to thrill and delight and children's activities to keep the youngsters amused. As well as action in the park, there is also plenty on the water too.
'The full day of fun carries on into the evening with popular singers and bands on stage to rock the night away before the fireworks finale at 9pm when the sky will explode in a colourful pyrotechnic spectacle.
'All the monies raised from the day will go to our charity account and this year Lowestoft Lions have helped a number of less fortunate people as well as many good causes.'