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Record crowds flocked to Stansted’s Music in the Park last Saturday (July 9).

As the sun blazed down, hundreds of families gathered in the grounds of Bentfield County Primary School in Rainsford Road to welcome back the popular festival - now in its 19th year - which showcases local talent and raises money for the school.

With all 600 tickets sold, plus extra on the gate, chair of governors and PTA committee member John Black said that it was their “biggest year ever”.

Crowds get ready to enjoy Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863077)
Crowds get ready to enjoy Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863077)

He said the committee was hopeful of topping the £7,500 raised at 2019's event. This year's money will ultimately benefit pupils, with playground improvements among the plans.

Throughout the event, thirsty festival-goers drained four barrels of beer, kindly donated by village pubs, the burger and hot dog stand sold out, as did the sweets and novelty toys for children, while the ice cream van had a “bumper day” and donated a significant sum to the school afterwards.

“It was amazing. I think it’s our biggest year ever and that’s probably a result of it being the first one for three years combined with the good weather,” said Mr Black.

The organising crew, from left, Kamilla Winkworth, Emily Ambrose, Tracy Thompson, John Black, Chris Attelsey, Rob Abery, Dionne Cowling and Jamie Lane. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863087)
The organising crew, from left, Kamilla Winkworth, Emily Ambrose, Tracy Thompson, John Black, Chris Attelsey, Rob Abery, Dionne Cowling and Jamie Lane. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863087)

“The committee are hoping, given the attendance and sales, that we've had a big year. There were a lot of people there, and it was absolutely amazing and wonderful, and the atmosphere was just lightning – it was buzzing!”

The line-up of bands included ex-pupils and some artists who have previously performed at Music in the Park.

Industrial Language, a band made up of teenage students from De Rosa Music in Bishop's Stortford, kicked off the afternoon entertainment, followed by Milla, another former pupil making his second appearance, this time as a soloist.

Shakila K, the daughter of Karim Ullah, who owns Indian restaurant Brohmon on Chapel Hill, thrilled the audience with her "amazing performance" and then well-known local band The Spacehoppers, who have been together for 20 years, got the party going with their repertoire of cover songs.

Festival goers enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Bentfield Primary School, which hosts Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863100)
Festival goers enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Bentfield Primary School, which hosts Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863100)

Guitarist and keyboard player Jay Williams also featured along with Goat Patrol, DJ Fran and headliners The Jarrs, one of the UK's premier cover bands.

And there was plenty of entertainment laid on for little ones too, with bouncy castles, face painting and fun toys with inflatable guitars and fluorescent spectacles proving a hit with young festival-goers.

Three young festival goers enjoy themselves at Stansted's Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863110)
Three young festival goers enjoy themselves at Stansted's Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863110)
Lara and Meadow are in the festival mood. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863109)
Lara and Meadow are in the festival mood. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863109)
Jesse, 3, and Ethan, 4, show off their painted faces at Stansted's Music in the Park Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863111)
Jesse, 3, and Ethan, 4, show off their painted faces at Stansted's Music in the Park Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863111)
The Spacehoppers on stage. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863075)
The Spacehoppers on stage. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863075)
John Black, chair of governors and the PTA, oversees Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863082)
John Black, chair of governors and the PTA, oversees Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863082)
This little one has a lap to watch the afternoon's fun unfold. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863085)
This little one has a lap to watch the afternoon's fun unfold. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863085)
These two little girls were sitting pretty in their summer festival outfits at Stansted's Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863086)
These two little girls were sitting pretty in their summer festival outfits at Stansted's Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863086)
Enjoying the music under the shade of an umbrella. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863088)
Enjoying the music under the shade of an umbrella. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863088)
William and Joe, both 7, all set to party. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863089)
William and Joe, both 7, all set to party. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863089)
Well prepared for the afternoon are, from left, Lou, Britt, Joanna and Caroline. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863094)
Well prepared for the afternoon are, from left, Lou, Britt, Joanna and Caroline. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863094)
Waiting to go in the bounce house. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863095)
Waiting to go in the bounce house. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863095)
A lengthy queue for ice cream during Saturday's soaring temperatures. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863096)
A lengthy queue for ice cream during Saturday's soaring temperatures. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863096)
Nicola and Jemma enjoying the festival vibes. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863097)
Nicola and Jemma enjoying the festival vibes. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863097)
A view through the gazebos. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863098)
A view through the gazebos. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863098)
A hat and shades keep this young festival goer cool. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863099)
A hat and shades keep this young festival goer cool. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863099)
Front row seats for this trio of friends. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863101)
Front row seats for this trio of friends. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863101)
Jay Williams on stage. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863103)
Jay Williams on stage. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863103)
Music in the Park returns after a two-year break caused by the pandemic. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863104)
Music in the Park returns after a two-year break caused by the pandemic. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863104)
This group of youngsters made sure they got a front row seat for Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863105)
This group of youngsters made sure they got a front row seat for Music in the Park. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863105)
Keeping an eye on the kids in the bounce house. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863106)
Keeping an eye on the kids in the bounce house. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863106)
Rosie, 3, enjoys a bounce on the Music in the Park inflatables Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863107)
Rosie, 3, enjoys a bounce on the Music in the Park inflatables Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863107)
Anna with daughter Romilly, 4, and niece, Roberta 3. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863108)
Anna with daughter Romilly, 4, and niece, Roberta 3. Pic: Vikki Lince. (57863108)

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