Free family festival returns to North Wootton

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A FREE family music festival that attracted 4,000 people last year is being laid on again.

Lynn band Jimmy Rockit is again headlining the North Wootton Picnic on the Park event, which will also include a fairground, dog show, charity stalls, dance displays and a lazer game.

Anita Howard, vice chairman of the committee of volunteers behind the event, said: “We want everybody from babies to grannies there. Even dogs can come along!

“It was lovely last year. We had a nice atmosphere with everyone sitting around having a little sing song.”

The event was originally dreamed up to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and last year’s was held to test the water.

Miss Howard said: “Last year we did it for the Queen’s birthday as a bit of a dry run for this year to see if there was any interest in it.

“The feedback seemed to be that people want it as an annual event. I don’t know if we’ll do that because there is so much organising involved. We’ll see how this year goes first.”

The organising committee of around 20 people is relying on raffle ticket sales to cover the cost of the event, which is likely to exceed £3,000. Prizes include £300 cash, a boat trip and £100 Asda voucher.

People are invited to bring picnics or enjoy refreshments and the barbecue on offer.

Other bands include Robbie Williams tribute Dan O’Dwyer, Jessie’s Ghost, Genuine Fake, Martian’s Folly and Springwood Big Band.

The festival takes place 1pm - 9pm, Saturday, June 2, at Wootton Park, behind North Wootton Primary School. Parking will be available at the school.