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Music in the Park: Stage stuck in the mud, gazebos collapse overnight and 4x4s brought in – but festival-goers’ spirit shines through





The wet weekend failed to dampen spirits at Stansted’s Music in the Park as hundreds turned out to support the annual event.

Organisers described setting up for Saturday’s (July 6) mini music festival at Bentfield County Primary School as “challenging”. The stage got stuck in mud being brought onto the school field, gazebos put up the day before collapsed overnight and 4x4s were brought in to manoeuvre equipment around.

Tracy Mutch, co-chair of the parent teacher association (PTA) Music in the Park sub-committee, said: “We were in the pouring rain trying to move the stage and we had to repair the gazebos on Saturday morning. It’s been a very challenging year, so to come out the other side and be that supported by the school community and all the volunteers, we couldn’t be happier.”

The sun did make an appearance
The sun did make an appearance

Around 600 people flocked to the Rainsford Road school for the event, which ran throughout the afternoon and into the evening, raising £7,000 for the school.

The total was down on previous years. Tracy said that Music in the Park clashed with Little Hadham’s Sign of the Times music festival and the England v Switzerland Euro 24 quarter-final.

“The weather definitely didn’t help, and because there were so many other things going on it did affect us, but all things considered, we’re so pleased with how much we raised.

DJ Fran gets the party going
DJ Fran gets the party going

“We had good feedback. New bands JDS and Indigo Starr were very well received while The Jjarrs were brilliant as always. We had young bands too, many of whom were ex-students, and it’s always lovely to see them coming back.

“It was wet, but we were really lucky that it cleared up in the afternoon, despite one shower when everyone got together under the gazebos, but the bands kept playing.”

Festival-goers enjoy Stansted’s Music in the Park
Festival-goers enjoy Stansted’s Music in the Park
Festival-goers glitter up for an afternoon of fun and music
Festival-goers glitter up for an afternoon of fun and music
Crowds enjoyed a fun-packed afternoon
Crowds enjoyed a fun-packed afternoon
Festival favourites The Jjarrs perform
Festival favourites The Jjarrs perform
Face painting was not just for the youngsters as this couple get into the festival spirit
Face painting was not just for the youngsters as this couple get into the festival spirit
There was plenty of singing and dancing
There was plenty of singing and dancing


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