THREE of the most successful pop acts from the 1960s are banding together to help raise funds for the local Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
This summer will see The Tremeloes, The Searchers and Dave Berry and The Cruisers take to the stage just down the road in Dronfield at an outdoor concert being billed as a ‘Party in the Park - 60s Extravaganza’.
The show is the brainchild of local driving instructor and St John Ambulance member Derry Jones who hopes to sell as many as 2,000 tickets to music fans wanting to celebrate the ‘swinging sixties’.
“The idea had been in my head since I attended a number of outdoor 1960s concerts at Clumber Park,” explained Derry. “I just wanted to have one bash at organising something like this and raising money for a very good cause at the same time.”
The show is to be staged at Dronfield’s Cliffe Park, off Callywhite Lane, on Saturday, July 9th, and although food and drink will be on sale, music fans will be invited to take along their own picnics, tables and chairs.
Particularly excited about the event is local singer Dave Berry who can see the venue from his back garden.
Dave, a major recording artist in the 1960s and a popular live performer for more than 50 years, says the evening should be very special indeed.
He explained: “I’ve performed at a number of outdoor concerts including festivals at Clumber Park and Lincoln Castle and they are really wonderful with a completely different atmosphere to shows in concert halls.
“It’s going to be a great event to perform at because it will be the biggest music show this local area has ever staged.”
Dave’s chart hits included The Crying Game, Memphis Tennessee and Mama. Another of his songs, Little Things, has recently been given new life in the latest Andrex TV commercial.
He says sharing the Dronfield bill with The Searchers and The Tremeloes will be particularly enjoyable because he carried out his very first UK tour with them and the late Dusty Springfield in 1963.
The Searchers charted many times with songs such as Sweets For My Sweet, Needles and Pins and Don’t Throw Your Love Away and The Tremeloes are best remembered for Silence Is Golden, Twist and Shout and Do You Love Me?
Legendary former Sheffield DJ Alan Gee - a veteran of local clubs including The Fiesta and Tiffany’s - is coming out of retirement to entertain at the event with some of his favourite 1960s tracks.
Tickets cost £20 and profits from “Party in the Park” will be donated to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. Local fundraiser Andrea Hudson says the charity is delighted to be associated with the show.
“We are hoping the event will raise a good sum to help with our running costs but we are also confident it will help to raise the profile of the hospice,” she said.
The show, which will run from 4-11pm, is being supported by Active8’s sister magazine, Dronfield Eye. Tickets will be sold through Bluebell Wood, tel 01909 517360, www.bluebellwood.org
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