A popular annual event, which aims to promote the music of established as well as up and coming young musicians in south Shropshire, has secured its first commercial sponsor.
Party in the Park (PitP) 2023 will be sponsored by fibre broadband specialist SWS Broadband and take place at the playing fields in Bishop’s Castle on Saturday 22 July.
Originally established in 2010 to celebrate the successful grant application by a group of local mothers to develop a cycle track and play area for children, PitP has maintained its must-attend status in the Bishop’s Castle social calendar. In addition to the 12 bands playing there will be food outlets, stalls, a licenced bar, a bouncy castle and other family activities on offer to the 2000 people expected to attend. Monies raised in previous years has gone towards part funding the recording and production of CDs, purchase of instruments and a rehearsal studio for young musicians in Bishop’s Castle.
“This has become a very important annual event in our town,” said Pete Carty, chair of Centre Stage, the organising committee. He continued: “For young bands, some only just teenagers, to play on a big stage through a proper PA and on the same bill as experienced musicians is a fabulous opportunity. A couple of them who appeared at the very first PitP have since gone on to forge careers in the music business. While we are incredibly grateful for the generous support in kind received from the town council and other local businesses, we would like to welcome SWS Broadband on board as our first commercial sponsor.”
Pamela Bonsall, community engagement manager at SWS Broadband said: “As a local company rooted in the communities we serve, SWS is happy to be supporting this excellent annual event. It is important for us to not only develop improved connectivity through fibre broadband in small towns like Bishop’s Castle, but also make a significant contribution to its cultural activity and sustainability.”
Doors open at 12 noon and tickets for PitP 2023 are £30 for a family (two adults, two children), £12 for adults, £6 for kids eight to 12 and free for those under seven years old. They are available to purchase from the following outlets as well as at the entrance gate on the day: The Happy Bap and Six Bells, Bishop’s Castle and The Stables, Craven Arms. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/centrestagefb
Picture (left to right): Pamela Bonsall, community engagement manager, SWS Broadband, Pete Carty and Abby Matthews, Centre Stage, the PitP organising committee.