Pulling out all the stops for Waterlooville’s 200th birthday

Drummers at a previous Waterlooville Music Festival
Drummers at a previous Waterlooville Music Festival
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A MUSIC extravaganza is being planned to mark the 200th anniversary of a town.

The Waterlooville Music Festival will be celebrating its 10th year in 2015 and it will be a big one as the event coincides with the town marking its 200th birthday.

As reported, people have banded together to plan a grand Waterlooville 200 celebration.

An application has been made for Heritage Lottery Funding to help support a programme of events and exhibitions.

Jane Rice-Oxley, one of the organisers of the music festival, said: ‘We are working with them to make sure we produce a wonderful extravaganza and that nothing clashes.

‘Our programme reflects the 200 theme and we are pulling out all the stops to make our week as successful as it always is.’

Musicians from across the country will be performing in Waterlooville from June 13 to June 21.

Mrs Rice-Oxley added: ‘All day time concerts are free, and include opportunities for local schools to show the talent of their choirs and instrumentalists.

‘Evening concerts focus on presenting amateur performers who are of professional standard, but the week opens with a very special anniversary event as we proudly present The Royal Marines Association Concert Band.

‘Their usual appearances are at huge venues such as Portsmouth Guildhall and having them perform at the music festival will be an amazing event.’

By popular demand the sixties party night ‘Out of the Shadows’ will return and a folk and ale evening will be headed up by Revel, Weird and Wild.

The festival will be welcoming back Hampshire Guitar Orchestra and the climax of the week will be a Last Night of The Proms concert.

Other events being planned are flower festivals, re-enactments, and roundabouts being decorated.