Catton Park music festival hailed a success

The Norwich Party in the Park at Catton Park. Enjoying the fair. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Norwich Party in the Park at Catton Park. Enjoying the fair. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

More than 6,000 people enjoyed a free music festival at Catton Park over the weekend.

The Norwich Party in the Park at Catton Park. Families enjoy the music, from left, Tom and Gina Alle

The Norwich Party in the Park at Catton Park. Families enjoy the music, from left, Tom and Gina Allen with two-month-old Finley Allen, and Jayden Souris, 10. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The Norwich Party in the Park featured live music from various local bands throughout the three-day event, as well as a family fun fair, and food and drink stalls.

It was the first of its kind to take place at the 70-acre site and is one of many events lined up for the area.

Co-organiser Danny Banthorpe said: 'There has been a perfect demographic of people coming through this weekend and there has been a lovely vibe to the festival.

'We have put this on because Norwich needed an event of its own and it also helps raise the profile of the park. A lot of people didn't even know Catton Park existed.' Local bands Killamonjambo and The Collective were just two of 20 acts that performed throughout the weekend on the main stage.


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Meanwhile, children could enjoy a wide selection of fairground rides or grab a tasty treat from one of the many food stalls.

Festival-goer Selina Forrest, 30, of Taverham, said: 'I really like the atmosphere here, it is kind of like a festival vibe, but more family friendly. And there has been no trouble, which is really lovely.'

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People were specifically asked not to bring their own food and drink to the event, and instead use the on-site food and drink stalls.

Organisers needed to raise more than £12,000 to cover the costs, and were also hoping to raise money for the East Coast Truckers charity.

Some of the funds will also go towards the £55,000 that the park requires to remain open throughout the year.

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