Sutton set to celebrate Summer Solstice

Members of the Sutton Town Centre group are organising a Summer Solstice Community event.''l-r is Charlotte Smith Adult Education, Liz Barrett Director Adult Community Learning and Katie Barrett Adult Education.
Members of the Sutton Town Centre group are organising a Summer Solstice Community event.''l-r is Charlotte Smith Adult Education, Liz Barrett Director Adult Community Learning and Katie Barrett Adult Education.

PREPARATIONS are underway for a community event in Sutton which organisers say will build on the success of last year’s Jubilee celebrations.

Organisers behind the event are hoping that the Summer Solstice, which takes place from 21st to 22nd June, will bring the community together for two days of activities and entertainment.

It follows on from a community event held in Portland Square to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee last year and the popular Christmas celebrations.

Liz Barrett, who is a member of the town centre group, said that the event promised to include a host of fun-filled activities which will raise the profile of Sutton.

“We are hoping for sunshine,” says Liz.

“The reason we wanted to do this event is because we wanted to promote the sundial (in Portland Square).

Describing the event, Liz added: “There will be a range of different market stalls on both days and there will be music both live music and from Takeover Radio.”

In addition, primary school children will be invited to sell their own creations at stalls as part of an enterprise initiative.

“There will also be entertainment. We are hoping to have circus skills and then on the Saturday we have Sutton’s Got Talent,” said Liz, who also works at Sutton Community Academy.

The event is a joint venture between the Sutton Town Centre Group, the Idlewells shopping centre, Sutton Community Academy and Ashfield District Council.

Liz said that she hoped that the free event would attract even more people that before

“We’re very excited - it’s gone very well so far,” she said.

“We would like to welcome back people who have been to previous events and we would like to welcome new ones.”

Meanwhile, the event is set to be broadcast by people from community radio station Takeover Radio.

James Finlayson, who is the station manager at Takeover, said that the event would profile an array of live bands and artists as well as the radio station itself.

He also said that it would be an opportunity for the young presenters and adult volunteers to have a go at outdoor broadcasting

“It’s a different challenge,” he said.

“You have to have confidence but when they have done these sorts of events in the past they have come away feeling really good.”