Disappointment at cancellation

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It must have been a big disappointment to all those people who turned up to listen to the free Jazz, Blues and Soul concert in Horsham’s Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park last Sunday (July 8) only to discover it had been cancelled.

We shared the disappointment in having to make that decision but the heavy overnight and morning rain had created large areas of standing water within the amphitheatre of the garden.

Additionally, vehicle access via North Parade became impossible when that side of the park turned into a lake. The waterlogged ground meant the construction crew was unable to begin the morning task of setting up the covered stage.

We were also mindful of the fact that the garden was being judged on Tuesday as part of Horsham in Bloom’s entry into the South East in Bloom competition. It was clear that had we gone ahead significant damage would have been caused to the sodden terraced grass banking.

Consequently, a decision was made to cancel the event.

We are sorry if this caused anyone inconvenience and hope it will not deter you from coming along to the remaining free concerts on Sundays July 22 and 29 and August 5.

The good news is all is not lost as we are working on extending the length of the next concert on July 22.

We already have an exciting line-up for the Rock session that will start at 4pm and, depending on availability of the groups, we hope to begin earlier that afternoon to present some Jazz and Blues. Look out for notices and banners advertising the start time.

Short of Horsham suffering yet another deluge it promises to be a very entertaining afternoon for people of all ages. Bring a picnic and something to sit on and enjoy listening to a range of talented musicians from the local area. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

PAUL BELLRINGER

Chairman, Horsham Garden Music Festival Association, Rusper Road, Horsham