Skegness Bandstand Marathon to link-up with UK-wide festivities celebrating end of London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics

TOWER Gardens in Skegness is set to echo to the sound of a special musical celebration this weekend marking the end of the London Olympics and Paralympics.

The Bandstand Marathon is set to host a “jam-packed musical programme” as part of the London 2012 Festival closing celebrations.

East Lindsey District Council promises that the gardens will “come alive with music” for the event this Sunday, September 9, which will mark the end of the London 2012 Festival and an amazing summer of sport and culture on the final day of the Paralympic Games.

“It will be a truly memorable day, showcasing the best local talent and an eclectic musical programme including bands and live groups,” said a spokesperson.

“This free event will entertain audiences from 1pm to 5pm, offering everyone who comes along a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the nationwide finale celebrations for London 2012,” they added.

The event line up will include the Heyes Ensemble (Flute Quartet), Banovallum Brass Band, and All Drumming (a Gambian drummer and his lincolnshire drum club).

The event at Tower Gardens will be one of 100s of outdoor concerts taking place simultaneously in bandstands and outdoor performance spaces across the UK, making up the nationwide Bandstand Marathon – the official closing event of the London 2012 Festival.

The 2012 Champion for Lincolnshire, and Leader of ELDC, Coun Doreen Stephenson, said: “The Bandstand Marathon is yet another exciting event in the District’s cultural calendar and will bring to a close a summer of great sport and culture as part of London 2012.

“We are pleased to have been able to play a part in the London 2012 Games and I hope lots of people will turn out to support the bands and enjoy the music.”

Gareth Laking, Skegness Bandstand Marathon Organiser at ELDC, added: “The Bandstand Marathon in Skegness promises to be a fantastic celebration of local talent, we have a wide variety of music on offer to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

“Events like this really help people within East Lindsey feel part of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.”

The Bandstand Marathon is organised by not-for profit arts organisation Superact and Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music.

Support from Westminster and local councils is also enablingthe Bandstand Marathon to expand and enhance its existing annual programme, doubling the length of each event to four hours this year, and providing opportunities for training, community networking and audience participation, and linking musicians together across the country.

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival, said: “The Bandstand Marathon is encouraging local music groups to showcase their talents and be part of the London 2012 Festival.

“I am proud that we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in creating a cultural legacy post-London 2012.”