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Party by the Parrett Festival to return next year after 'brilliant' success

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: July 07, 2012

  • Crowds enjoyed sitting in the sun and enjoying a selection of live music at the Party by the Parrett

  • Friends Lucy Jakems-Toll, Becky Jenkins, Charlotte Evans and Tamsyam Osmond of Kingsbury Episcopi dance to the music at the Party by the Parrett in Kingsbury Episcopi

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A village music festival attracted huge crowds on Saturday and raised thousands for the community.

Party By The Parrett, which is only in its second year, drew 1,000 people to the recreation ground in Kingsbury Episcopi.

Party goers of all ages turned out in force with deckchairs and gazebos for the open-air event laid on by a committee of volunteers.

The charity event, featuring live music from several local bands, was a sell out.

Organiser Kevin Cox said the day was a huge success, despite a couple of rain showers.

He said: “It went really, really well. All the bands were absolutely brilliant.

“We set out to get 1,000 people this year and we were so pleased to achieve this in only our second year.

“All the tickets sold out and the feedback from people has been really good.

“It is a real family event with kids enjoying it early on then more teenagers turned out for the headline acts in the evening.

“The whole village and people from beyond turned out to support the event.

“We even had some kids come along who were on holiday from Russia.”

The event was headlined by Soul75, and there were also performances from Owl in the Sun, Hollie Trevis, Flash Mob, Level Headed, The Andrew Brook Experience, Ollie Jarvis and the AgustaWestland House Band.

Money raised from the event will be used to pay for new equipment at the recreation ground.

The total raised has yet to be confirmed, but Mr Cox said a “conservative estimate” would be £6,500.

He said: “It was a real big effort by a huge number of people.

“The committee organises it but I want to thank the whole army of helpers who gave up their time to make sure it all ran smoothly.”

As well as a bar, hot and cold food and a wide range of home baked cakes, the event even had its own official merchandise, dubbed Parrett-phernalia.

Mr Cox said the event would return next year and people who attended this year’s event said they would support it again.

He said: “The good thing is we have built up a reputation for putting on a great night.”

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