The May bank holiday is almost upon us, which means... it’s party time! And this year’s Party on the Parade is set to be the biggest and best yet.
Organised by Berwick Rotary Club in partnership with the North Northumberland Fundraising Group for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Party on the Parade is back for a third time.
The third annual extravaganza outside the barracks is taking place over two days from Saturday, and includes the inaugural Talent on the Parade, Ceilidh on the Parade and a songs of praise event, as well as the traditional tea tent on the Sunday.
“We have expanded the Party on the Parade concept into a two day event to utilise the marquees that are erected and get more value out of it,” explained Rotary’s Chris Hardie.
“It will allow us to get more segments of the community involved.”
Talent on the Parade and Ceilidh on the Parade will take place on Saturday (May 24), while Sunday (May 25) will see the traditional tea and beer tent, children’s entertainment and local crafts, with the day culminating in songs of praise.
The event raises funds for both charities, but organisers say staging an event for the town has become equally important. Helen Tait of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research said: “Both Rotary and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research are hoping that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever for residents and visitors to Berwick, with a view to expanding it further next year as part of the Berwick 900 celebrations.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support the last two years and hope that will continue this year. We’re very grateful for the support we have received from Northumberland County Council and Simpsons Malt, because without them this event couldn’t have taken place.”
Talent on the Parade is an Open Mic Showcase for young and aspiring local talent covering all types of music from classical to rock. It will take place at 7.30pm the tempo changes with the Ceilidh (£6 including food) starting to the tunes of Heads on the Block.
Sunday sees the traditional beer and tea tent, magician/children’s entertainer, various stalls, food, fun fair and a host of bands and entertainers, followed by Songs of Praise.