On a scorching hot day, with temperatures reaching over 30c, hundreds came out to bask in the sun and enjoy the music at the best ever Havering show to date.
Harrow Lodge Park is packed to the brim with families all out to enjoy the bank holiday weather, listen to the music and take part in the endless activities on offer at the show.
The Havering show promised to be the best ever and so far it has not failed. It boasted a fantastic programme of music, theatre, wrestling, entertainment, and celebrating the best of the borough with a wealth of up and coming local talent.
The main stage, sponsored by London City Airport, was offering music from iconic UK chart toppers and British rock pioneers Toploader, legendary reggae band Aswad, ‘Where Love Lives’ star Alison Limerick and former lead singer of The Stylistics, Eban Brown. Joining them over the weekend is beloved Motown singer Mr Soul, uplifting Eurodance group Livin’ Joy and some of the most acclaimed tribute acts in the UK including Robbie Williams, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Oye Santana and Essex cover band Exposé. Local singer and The Factor Essex finalist Charlotte Ambrose will also be joining the eclectic main stage line-up, showcasing a taste of what Havering has to offer.
Known for cultivating the excellent talent on offer by local bands and singers, the Fairkytes Live Stage is back at the show with some of the winners of last year’s Last Band Standing and Havering’s Voice competitions, along with more local community performers. Following a stellar performance at the Havering Para Arts performance night, performers Caged Arts, a mixed ability band with autism and learning difficulty, will also be rocking the Fairkytes Live Stage.
On the Community Performance Stage, sponsored by Marlborough Highways, local theatre schools Thameside Young Producers and Emery Stage School are providing plenty of chances for children to get involved and watch their favourite characters come to life, courtesy of Lightnin Drama Group.
The Community Performance Stage will also welcome the talented Lee Van Geleen, who is currently starring in West End hit Only Fools and Horses The Musical.
Visitors are also able to get involved in free sports and activities in the Sports Zone, sponsored and run by Everyone Active and Havering Council’s sports development team, where they are taking part in football coaching, tennis, target practice, sack racing, para sports and much more.
Locals can also marvel at the thrills and spills from Rainham-based RCWA wrestling as they take to the ring. For the animal lovers, the Mini Farm offers a traditional farm experience with interactive fun for all ages. Visitors have the opportunity to feed, touch and stroke the likes of rabbits, pygmy goats and pot-bellied pigs, whilst learning about their wider role within the countryside.History enthusiasts can soak up some history with a military vehicle display, learn about firefighting with a fire engine, and bask in the beauty of more than 40 Classic Cars from Havering Classic Car Club.
Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said“There’s a great range of acts on this year and a whole host of other talent, as well as attractions that will appeal to everyone in our borough.
“It is excellent to see so many talented local bands, artists and entertainers taking to the stage and showing off what Havering has to offer.
“It will be great to see residents enjoying the Show this weekend.”
A delicious mix of street foods, plus a whole load of fun for all ages to enjoy including music, sports, a mini farm, military vehicles and a fire engine display, guarantees a day of fun for all ages, and all for a very affordable price. Tickets on the door cost £4 per day or visitors can beat the queue and purchase tickets in advance for a reduced rate of £3 per day. The show is free for under 10s. There will be no parking at the site. Please park elsewhere or use public transport. Tickets and general information can be found at www.havering.gov.uk/haveringshow