Picture Special: Live in the Park

Live in the Park, Aylesbury
Live in the Park, Aylesbury

Vale Park was alive with the sound of music at the weekend, and it was all free.

Punk princess Toyah Willcox headlined on Saturday night with an energetic and enthusiastic show that had the crowd shouting for more.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. El Bronson.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. El Bronson.

Thirty seven years in showbusinesses hasn’t dimmed her enthusiasm for her craft, and her voice was strong as she sang These Boots Are Made For Walking, In The Midnight Hour, It’s A Mystery, Sweet Child of Mine and I Wanna Be Free.

The charismatic performer interacted naturally with the audience and was generous with her time after the show, meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Prior to Toyah coming on Platform Soul, a 12 piece Buckinghamshire band with members from Ayelsbury and Milton Keynes, brought the house down with their superb rendition of favourite soul sounds from Earth, Wind and Fire, KC and The Sunshine Band, Shalamar, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

After coming off stage singer Karen Casey said: “We’ve done Hobble on the Cobbles before, but I did like it here.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Crowd.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Crowd.

“The stage is bigger and there was a very nice atmosphere, there seems to be a wider age range of people and we got a brilliant audience reaction.”

Indeed, any concerns that the unique atmosphere of Hobbles would be missed was soon forgotten.

Vale Park proved to be a perfect location for an outdoor live music event, and it certainly did bring in every age grpup.

Families were able to bring a rug, sit down and picnic throughout the day, while children ran around in the safety of the park and enjoyed the free funfair with a helter skelter, teacup ride and swing boats.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Singer Kitty Roisin performs

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Singer Kitty Roisin performs

There were lots of food and drink outlets around the park, and plenty of portable loos.

XYZ Music Academy from Westcott Venture Park was offering free taster sessions on drums, guitar and keyboards at the entrance to the park.

A raised and covered platform was provided for wheelchair users in a disability viewing area.

The music lifted off at noon with the quite unique El Bronson, billed as five brothers from five fathers in Mexico, and with a lead singer dressed in shorts, kneepads and a face mask.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Family fun.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Family fun.

A total of 13 acts performed throughout the day.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio presenter Dez Kay did a superb job of compering and holding together the live event for almost 10 hours.

Aylesbury Town Council, and in particular community liaison officer Judith Heberer and events and community officer Ruth Mayhew, with help from music promoter Stuart Robb, deserve huge thanks for providing such a sensational weekend of free activity for the residents of the town.

This was a wonderful feel good way to end the school sumer holidays and engendered a terrific community spirit, bringing together all age groups to enjoy a day of eclectic music.

Live in the Park, Aylesbury - Toyah Willcox performs

Live in the Park, Aylesbury - Toyah Willcox performs

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Whirlwind perform

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Whirlwind perform

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Crowd.

Live in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury. Crowd.