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Final preparations are underway for the town’s Midsummer Spectacular

Jacky Bowes, organiser of the Midsummer Spectacular Charity Concert and the current High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, has told the Wolds Weekly she is praying the weather plays its part when the event returns to Driffield Showground this weekend.

The concert takes place this Saturday (25th June), with a potential audience of up to 3,500 people set to enjoy an evening of high-quality entertainment, food and drink to raise money for four locally-based charities.

Almost 25 years since the inaugural event, Saturday’s stellar cast of musicians will be headlined by the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band, who achieved fame after appearing in hit film Brassed Off.

I’m confident that it’s going to be a success and it’s been nice to hear the comments from people about how pleased they are that it has come back.

jacky bowes

The audience will also be entertained by international violinist Kate Cruscicka and the East Riding Senior Wind Band, who will receive a masterclass from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band earlier in the day.

Directing proceedings in his role as compere will be BBC Radio Humberside presenter Blair Jacobs.

All money raised from the concert will go towards Working Independently Supporting Hull Hospitals, of which Jacky is a trustee, The Tribune Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Yorkshire Appeal and the Driffield Agricultural Society.

Speaking to the Wolds Weekly just days before the event, Jacky said that those who have already secured tickets or are planning to purchase them in the next few days can be assured they’ll be listening to several hours of top-class musical entertainment.

“Everybody is telling me not to panic so hopefully the weather will be kind to us,” she said.

“The forecast currently looks settled but that’s the only thing we can’t control.

“Everyone I have spoken to has told me that whatever the weather, it will still be a great night.

“Everything is coming together now and I’m just ready for Saturday to be here now.

“The programme for the band and Kate is fantastic. The gates open at 4:30pm and the youth band will be on the stage at around 5:15pm for half-an-hour, before they return after a break.

“I’ll be making a speech before the Grimethorpe Colliery Band starts at 7pm. The whole evening is just full of music until 10:30pm, with two very short breaks.

“Hopefully people will think it’s good value. All the music is easy listening and there will be a couple of surprises for the audience as well.

“There’s also a piece of music called the High Sheriff’s March, which has been adapted for a brass band by the Director of Music Training for the Royal Marines.

“This will be first time the music has been played by a brass band, which is going to be nice and will be one of the many highlights of my year as High Sheriff.

“He has done this free of charge, which is amazing. However, as it is Armed Forces Day, he’s not able to come along to the concert, but we’re going to make sure he receives a recording of it.”

Members of the audience are encouraged to take along their picnic tables, blankets and endless amounts of food and drink to enjoy whilst waving their Union Flags to traditional songs from the Last Night of the Proms.

However, for those who don’t want to provide their own catering, there will be plenty of food and drink options available at the Showground, including the High Sheriff’s charity gin, Shrieval Spirit.

“All the food and drink concessions have been booked, all from the local area, which include Stuart’s Fish and Chips, Rose Cottage Butchers, who will be bringing their barbecue and The White Horse in Hutton Cranswick will be running the bar,” said Jacky.

“The gin bar will be provided by Jane, who made my High Sheriff’s gin, which will be available on the night.

“Mr Moo’s ice cream will be there and Bamboo mobile coffee shop.

“We’ve got everything covered, with no duplication. So, if people want to take along their picnics, they can do.

“But if they don’t, or they run out of food and drink or feel like eating or drinking something different, then there will be plenty of choice available.”

The Midsummer Spectacular has been made possible by support from several local businesses and charitable trusts including: Aon North Bar Homes, ZDG, William Jackson Food Group, Matthew Good Foundation , Horncastle, Tong Garden Centre, Moneyweb, Onlookers Opticians, Leightons, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, Jacksons of Yorkshire, Howdens, Lloyd Dowson, Kiss, The Ginery, GWE Biogas, Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitors, Frost Consultants Limited, William H Brown, Secure Media

After Driffield and the Wolds came out in force to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the start of June, Jacky is hopeful that the patriotic spirit will continue this weekend during an event that she believes will provide a boost for the Capital of the Wolds.

“Everybody loved the Jubilee weekend, which was so good,” she said. “But sometimes, after working and looking forward to something for so long, the period afterwards often feels like an anti-climax.

“However, that’s the reason why we decided to organise the concert a couple of weeks after the bank holiday weekend so that all the party atmosphere that everybody really enjoyed can continue.

“I’m confident that it’s going to be a success and it’s been nice to hear the comments from people about how pleased they are that it has come back.

“It’s great for Driffield, as often these events are in Hull or other places in the area.”

Tickets are still available and can be bought at tickets.eticketme.com/sales/mid-summer-spectacular and are priced:

In advance
Adults £25
Children (aged five-15) £6
Under-fives and carers Free
Family (two adults and two children) £57
Seniors (66+) and students £22

On the gate (subject to availability)
Adults £30
Children (aged five-15) £7
Under-fives and carers Free
Family (two adults and two children) £68
Seniors (66+) and students £27

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