Party in the park for good causes

Swing sensation: Paul Pashley
Swing sensation: Paul Pashley
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START spreading the news...big band sensation Paul Pashley is on song to raise thousands of pounds for two charities with his biggest ever outdoor show backed by The Derbyshire Times.

X Factor finalist Andy Abraham and Sheffield singer songwriter Philippa Hanna are also on the bill, with other names yet to be announced.

The Party In The Park event, which will celebrate the big band era, expects to attract 3,000 people and is jointly organised by Ashgate Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, with the aim of raising vital funds for both.

Vintage and memorabilia stalls, plus a range of refreshments, will also be on offer at the Bakewell Showground on Saturday, September 1, from 2pm. The show starts at 4pm.

Music lovers are being urged to turn up in retro war-time outfits but they are being promised more than a nostalgic trip down memory lane to round off the summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Paul Pashley and his 17-piece big band, who will be performing timeless Rat Pack classics, will also belt out swing arrangements of modern pop favourites by the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Thin Lizzy.

His set-list includes new songs written especially for him by Take That’s Gary Barlow, rock legend Bryan Adams and his Grammy award-winning producer Eliot Kennedy.

Support is Andy Abraham, who shot to fame as runner up to Shayne Ward in the X Factor final in 2005. His debut album sold 176,000 copies in its first week and he is currently touring the UK with his show The History of the Big Bands, with classics such as In the Mood and Take The A-Train.

Bluebell Wood, which has its roots in Doncaster, is based at North Anston and serves families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and North West Lincolnshire. It receives no statutory government funding and needs to raise £3m each year to continue its work.

Ashgate Hospice, in Chesterfield, provides specialist palliative care to adults from across North Derbyshire and annually needs to bring in £2.3m from fundraising.

Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “This is going to be a great fun event with the chance to step out to the romantic music of the wartime era. We want as many people as possible to dress up in retro style and get into the nostalgic spirit of the event, which is going to be a wonderful way to round off this summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.”

For more details about the work of the hospices and ways to volunteer or donate visit www.bluebellwood.org and www.ashgatehospice.org

Tickets for the event, backed by The Derbyshire Times, along with sister titles Doncaster Free Press and The Star, are £20 (adults) and £10 (under 12s). Book online at www.bluebellwoodshop.co.uk or www.ashgatehospice.org, call 01909 517 360, or 01246 568801. Tickets are also available from each of the charities’ shops in Bakewell.