Gary Creese writes: Its difficult to believe, but this was the sixth Emmas Day. For some of us the sheer hard work of staging an event on this scale takes our minds off why Emmas Trust exists in the first place. But all our efforts were rewarded by blue skies and hundreds, if not thousands of happy folk, young and old really enjoying themselves. The brilliant technical team transformed the Lido and adjoining school field into a colourful tented village to rival any of the summer festivals.
There was bouncing, whirling, climbing, dancing, painting and stalls to browse. Delicious food was on offer along with local ales and cider. In the main marquee a real eclectic mix of music was performed all afternoon. Kicking off with the exuberant talents of Elm & Reaper from The Witchwood* School of Rock, other talented young bands included Thy Little Reds, Curfew, Only Human and Varsity 3. Alongside the youngsters more mature acts such as Holy Smoke, Silverthorne and from Londons West End, Jodie Read kept the crowds entertained. At dusk coloured beams lit the trees and the whole site took on a fairytale air. The night was rounded off with an emotional finale from The CNS Jazz Allstars, many of the current line-up soon to be leaving for pastures new.
A wonderful profit of about 3,000 will help Emmas Trust continue its funding to young people struggling to finance sport or performing arts activities and our support to Asthma UK. The Trustees of Emmas Trust would like to thank everyone who came, but were especially grateful to those who donated their time or resources, you know who you are and well be calling you next year!
Photographs by Gary Creese and Ken Norman to whom many thanks