THE first details of two popular events in Cheadle were revealed for the first time this week as the town gears up for a summer of celebration.
Party in the Park will take place at Tean Road recreation ground on Sunday, August 5, while Churchill Road Festival goes ahead on Saturday, June 9.
The return of Cheadle Carnival, on July 6, 7 and 8, means townsfolk can look forward to three successive months of community events.
Ian Whitehouse, chairman of the organising committee for both Party in the Park and Churchill Road Festival, said: “We’re looking forward to a cracking summer of entertainment and it will be a terrific time for the town.
“There’ll be three great events in three months for families to enjoy and we’re very much hoping people get right behind them.
“These are celebrations organised by the community for the community, so we want as many residents as possible to get involved or just to come along on the day and enjoy what’s going on.
“Last year’s Party in the Park was the biggest and best ever, but we want to make this year’s even better.
“The beauty of it is that everything is free – people don’t have to pay to enter either Party in the Park or the Churchill Road event and all the children’s rides will be free too.”
Attractions at Party in the Park will include the return of crowd-pleasing comedy entertainer ‘Dangerous Steve’, whose act includes a thrilling finale involving fire and chainsaw juggling!
There’ll be plenty to do for every member of the family with the Warwicks funfair on site and a host of other attractions for youngsters including a climbing wall.
There’ll also be a battle re-enactment by Viking Encampment company.
New to the event this year is a special cookery demonstration by Barry Playfair, head chef at Hotel Rudyard, near Leek.
The display will take place inside a giant marquee at Tean Road, which will also provide the venue for various shows throughout the day.
They include a fuschia show, a vegetable show organised by Cheadle Allotment Society and displays by Cheadle Flower Club and Cheadle Discovery Centre.
The Cheadle Community Band will play a varied programme of songs throughout the afternoon and a host of other attractions will be announced in the run-up to the event.
Cheadle songbird Joslyn Plant will be one of the star attractions at the Churchill Road Festival, which is now in its 11th year.
The 11-year-old won the hearts of her home town when she clinched victory in a nationwide talent contest in January.
And the Cheadle Primary School pupil is sure to be a popular performer when she takes to the stage for a 20-minute set in the Festival marquee.
Irish singer Seamus Fitzsimmons, also from Cheadle, and his band will ensure the evening celebration continues to go with a swing.
But there’ll be a packed programme throughout the day too – including a chance to take on professional darts player Andy Hamilton.
‘The Hammer’, as the Stoke-on-Trent star is known, will go head to head with 12 people from the town for the right to be crowned king of the oche.
Other attractions include a dog show, a classic car display, a children’s funfair and variety of other entertainment for youngsters including inflatables, a climbing wall and quad cars.
There’ll also be a Wright’s Pie eating tournament – in which competitors are tasked with downing a cold meat and potato pie in the quickest possible time.
Though organisers have lined up a wide range of stalls, Mr Whitehouse is on the lookout for more.
He said: “We already have a good number of organisations who are holding stalls at both Party in the Park and Churchill Road, but there’s room for more.
“If any trade or charity groups would like to get involved, they’re welcome to get in touch.
“There’s no charge whatsoever at Churchill Road and it’s free for charity stalls at Party in the Park too – it’s a great chance to promote what they do.”
Contact Mr Whitehouse on 07846 086553.
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