Ashfield Show set to be a summer sizzler

SUMMER is finally here and residents across the district are looking forward to this year’s Ashfield Show spectacular which takes place at Sutton Lawn on Saturday.

Now in its 33rd year, organisers hope that the free one-day spectacular, which is expected to attract 15,000 people, will thrill young and old alike with its exciting line-up.

Performing on the East Midlands Trains Main Stage is headline act Stacey Solomon, who was crowned Queen of the Jungle in I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out Of Here and took third place in the X-Factor in 2009.

This year has been a busy year for Stacey, who has released her first autobiography, become the face of supermarket chain Iceland and sung at the FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium. Her latest album is out later this year.

There will also be a host of poptastic local acts taking to the stage, including Kirkby band Xpose, who recently wowed judges at their 02 gig in London, as well as talent from further afield, such as The Greatest Take That Tribute and The Glee Club.

The evening’s entertainment will culminate in the ever-popular firework finale.

The event has been organised by Ashfield District Council and this week, Deputy Leader John Wilmott said: “This year’s Ashfield Show is set to be one of the best yet and we hope it will be a great success with the visitors.

“There is a vast array of family entertainment with something for everyone making the show suitable for all generations. We really hope people come along and enjoy a fun free day out.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy a host of family entertainment throughout the day and evening on the main arena, performance stage and throughout the grounds including Bob Hogg’s Sheepdog and Duck Display, Jamie Squibb Freestyle Stunt Team, horse stunt team Chariots of Fire, Eagle and Vulture Display Team and dance team Dance Divaz.

This year’s show will also see the return of the Festival Circus, a traditional funfair and there will also be plenty of trade stalls and crafts, including a newly-revamped craft tent.

There is also the Dance Arena, which showcases the talents of pupils at dance schools in the area, while green-fingered visitors will be able to enjoy the Horticultural Section where they can enter their produce free of charge or look at what others have grown on their gardens or allotments.

Last year’s event attracted around 15,000 people, who despite the showery weather, enjoyed entertainment from X-Factor star Jamie Archer, The Counterfeit Beatles and Grease tribute act Summer Nights.

For more details on the show, including full line-ups and map, see today’s supplement in your Chad. Alternatively, visit www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk.