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Tribute act lined up for party entertainment

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

A tribute act is set to provide the entertainment for a community extravaganza in East Staffordshire this weekend. The Springsteen tribute band ‘Glory Days’ will be at Uttoxeter’s Party on the Pitch, a charity event which begins on Friday (June 10) at Oldfields Sports and Social Club.

A tribute act is set to provide the entertainment for a community extravaganza in East Staffordshire this weekend.

The Springsteen tribute band ‘Glory Days’ will be at Uttoxeter’s Party on the Pitch, a charity event which begins on Friday (June 10) at Oldfields Sports and Social Club.

The Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival returns this month “bigger and more ambitious than before,” after two years lost to the pandemic.

The event – now known as Party on the Pitch – is set to be the town’s only major beer festival and only music festival this year following the cancellation of other advertised events.

The organisers, Uttoxeter Lions Club, are bucking the trend by expanding Party on the Pitch – which raises funds for their life-saving prostate cancer screening programme.

A spokesman for the Lions said: “The new-look, bigger event, on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, was launched just as the proposed Staffordshire Beer Festival at the racecourse in April was cancelled and the Acoustic Festival of Britain was postponed until next year.

Party on the Pitch kicks off on the Friday evening with Glory Days, the UK’s longest established tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Springsteen himself, acknowledged as one of the greatest live shows in the world, delayed touring this year, and so Uttoxeter is getting the next best thing.

On the Saturday the lively and well-loved Americana band Big Stone Gap and local talent Jason Callear will be followed by the undisputed highlight of the beer festival for the past ten years, the party band Upfront, who have become firm favourites with the Uttoxeter crowd.”

Uttoxeter Lions’ president Simon Smith continued: “We have a long history of providing entertainment in the town and there is no better time than now to put on our biggest and best beer festival. After all the hardships people have been through and are still facing, it’s time to party.

There are two days of great live music and a range of beers, ciders and other drinks that we’ve never seen before. I’m hoping the town gets behind us and supports this event because it’s vital to raise money for our free prostate cancer tests, which we know have saved the lives of dozens of local men in the past few years.”

The free blood tests will be available to local men aged over 50 at Oldfield sports and social club in Springfield Road, from 6pm until 9pm on Thursday, June 9, the evening before Party on the Pitch.

Hundreds of men have used the service in previous years, and special parking arrangements will be in place to make the event run as smoothly as possible. The tests will be offered by appointment only at times which can be booked at ulc.mypsatests.org.uk.

Simon added: “Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate walk ins so online bookings are essential.

We are victims of our own success, and we are managing the large crowds better each year, but we know it’s worthwhile.

Dozens of men have benefited from an early diagnosis which almost certainly saved their lives. Prostate cancer is the biggest killer of men in that over 50 age group.

Each one costs us £20 and we welcome any donations on the night.”

Although the money raised promotes men’s health, the organisers want the beer festival to appeal to all with a gin and Prosecco bar alongside more than thirty beers and ciders. The Lions say that it’s still a beer festival – and an adult event. They cater for families at other times of year with the annual bonfire and fireworks, Christmas Cracker Night, and the Lark in the Park on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Tickets are on sale at local shops and online on the Eventbrite site. The local outlets are: Weaver Lodge Post Office, 46-48 Windsor Road; Select Convenience, 2 Sandmartin Court, Kingfisher Way; Uttoxeter Shop, 40 Market Place; The Post Bar & Lounge, 3A High Street; Nisa Local, 43 Ashbourne Road ST14; Oldfields Sports & Social Club, Springfield Road.

Tickets are also available at www.uttoxeterbeerfestival.co.uk.

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