Sir Elton John ready to rock Holkham
Ian ClarkeThe Rocket Man is about to fly in to Norfolk - and about 15,000 people are excitedly waiting to welcome him!Music legend Sir Elton John will perform in the grounds of Holkham Hall, near Wells, on Sunday at a picnic-style concert and returning to the county four years after he thrilled an audience at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground.Ian Clarke
The Rocket Man is about to fly in to Norfolk - and about 15,000 people are excitedly waiting to welcome him!
Music legend Sir Elton John will perform in the grounds of Holkham Hall, near Wells, on Sunday at a picnic-style concert and returning to the county four years after he thrilled an audience at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground.
Lord Coke, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the estate and its hall, said: 'It is amazing that Holkham is to host a concert by such a worldwide star as Sir Elton John. We said last year that we were not putting on open air concerts because we couldn't get the performers of the quality we wanted and I think that Elton John's show vindicates that view.'
The concert - taking place to the north of the hall to the far side of the cricket pitch - gets underway at 5pm when former Coronation Street actor-turned singer Richard Fleeshman takes to the stage for the opening set.
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Sir Elton is due on at about 6pm and will entertain the crowds over the next two-and-a-half hours with a selection of his classic hit songs.
The concert takes place within the stunning surroundings of Holkham Hall. The actual concert venue will be to the north of the Hall, to the far side of the cricket pitch.
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Tickets will be available on the day from the event box office (access only from the south and west car parks) priced at �60 and they can only be paid for with cash.
Concert-goers are advised to follow the yellow AA signs which will direct them into the park from approach roads to the village. There will be three entrance and exit gates, North, South and West, all clearly sign-posted on the approach roads. Drop-offs and pick-ups and vehicles for VIPs and for disabled parking must enter the park by the North gate in Holkham village
Access to the park will be from 12 noon and the concert arena will be open from 3pm. Car parking is free,
Parking stewards will direct car drivers to designated free parking areas within the park.
People are advised to bring their own chairs and rugs. The furthest distance you will have to walk with chairs and picnic hampers is about 600 metres.
Windbreaks, tented structures and gazebos will not be allowed into the arena.
For security reasons, metal cutlery, knives, glasses will not be permitted in the concert arena although bottles of wine and champagne will be allowed. Bag searches will take place at the entrance to the arena. People can take in plastic cutlery and plastic drinks containers.
To ensure that everyone can see the performers on stage there will be three large screens set among the auditorium.
Although taking photographs for personal use is allowed, there will be restrictions on 'professional' cameras being used.
Supt Dave Marshall, responsible for police cover in North Norfolk, said: 'We will have eight police officers on duty on the day and we have contingency plans in the event of any sort of anti-social behaviour incidents happening at the venue or its surroundings.'
After the show, BBC Radio Norfolk will broadcast a special show featuring tracks from the concert and a phone-in for listeners to call with their experiences and thoughts about the show.
Concert-goers will be able to take home a CD of a live recording of the Holkham concert which they can play on the way home.
More information about the Elton John concert at Holkham is available by visiting www.marshall-arts.com
For full coverage of the concert see Monday's EDP.