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Town Talk

THE audiences at the two Parties in the Park in Snodland had a bril- liant time.

Resurrected after a seven-year

break, the Magic of Motown on the Saturday followed by Big Girls Don't Cry, the tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, proved hugely popular. Previous concerts were held in

2007, 2008 and 2009 and Snod- land Town Football Club decided it was time for Party to be reborn. The Magic of Motown was sup- ported by I amBeyonce and a 14- year-old local singer, Megan. Austin Drage and the Baby Dev- illes opened the show on Sunday. There were a number of parties

and many people joined in danc- ing to the music. The previous bad weather held

off and a strong wind blowing across Potyns Sports Field did nothing to spoil the fun.

Local news for Snodland and Halling

Parties in park a big success Local girl is

opening act PROUD parents, Luke Maginnis and Michelle Conmy, and grand- parents, Michael and June Conmy, watchedMegan open the bill. Michael and June live in Free-

The Magic of Motown were supported at Party in the Park by I amBeyonce (left) and Megan (right)

lands Road, Snodland where Michelle lived until moving to Dart- ford with Luke. Megan Maginnis at- tends Dartford Science and Technology College and studies singing, drama and dance atHolly- wood Performing Arts. She won first place in a Holly-

wood Performing Arts competition and sang at the Dartford and Erith festivals. Megan has also performed at the

Mick Jagger Centre, in musicals Wicked and Hairspray, and The Chance to Dance at the Stagg The- atre, Sevenoaks.

Real ale festival

hit by storms THIS year's Real Ale Festival will go down as “Glastonbury comes to Snodland”, according to festi- val organiser Paul Hickmott. Three or four thunderstorms

Winning cut

DAMIEN Yoxall of Snodland is pictured having had his hair cut by Alex Mackintosh after winning a prize in a charity sweepstake competition for the UEFA Euro 2016 football competition. Alexanders The Barbershop

in Snodland High Street raised £150 for the Heart of Kent Hos- pice. Customers paid £1 to pick a numbered ball out of a bag which corresponded to countries in the competition. Eight winners who had Por-

tugal were each offered a free haircut. Alex expected to raise £100 and thanked his cus- tomers for their support.

Residents enjoy fete

RESIDENTS of Holborough Lakes got together for a summer fayre, which provided entertain- ment for adults and children of all ages. Following the success of the Christmas fete, the first event or- ganised by the Holborough Lakes Residents Association (HLRA), on the village green featured a wide range of attractions, including a penalty shoot-out, Last Man Standing, face-painting and bouncy castle. Janet Naylor, chairman of the association, said: “The event pro- vided the perfect opportunity to

Pupils’ walk has safety message

PUPILS from Snodland Church of England Primary School joined many children from across the United Kingdom to celebrate the won- ders of walking to school by taking part in Brake's Giant Walk. Two hundred and forty children in key stage 2, years three to six,

took part, many holding banners asking motorists not to speed. They walked from the main entrance in Roberts Road into Birling Road and up Constitution Hill to the school’s rear entrance. Teacher Daniel Pring said: “It is about saying yes to good health and

planet-saving and saying No to irresponsible drivers who threaten the safety of children.”

bring families and friends together and, with about 20 market stalls bordering the edge of the green, visitors had the chance to pick up some bespoke presents, from vintage gifts to arts and crafts, cakes, cheese and homemade candles. "As well as the attractions, guests had the opportunity to see a showcase of local talent and special performances by the Sil- houetteDance School (pictured)." Janet added that the associa-

tion was pleased the event further added to the growing community feel at Holborough Lakes.

were supplemented with torrential downpours accompanied by hail- stones that had been forecast as showers, he explained. The festival was held at the cricket meadow and the Twenty20 cricket match was cancelled with- out a ball being bowled. "The wicket disappeared into a

lake with the outfield a muddy mess," said Paul. "The brave souls who did not let

the weather put them off gave us a new champion beer, Goachers Gold Star, which beat Wester- ham's British Bulldog into second place.

"Shades of Gray, our band, gave

a tremendous performance in very difficult circumstances, not letting the elements get the better of them. We hope to rebook them for next year's festival on the last Saturday in June." Unfortunately the festival made

a financial loss, meaning it was not possible to give donations to the Scouts and Snodland Twin- ning Association.

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