Summer music festival ends on a high note in the park

Horsham Garden Festival
Horsham Garden Festival

Organisers of a music festival which finished last weekend, featuring local bands and raising money for charity, have praised everyone who took part.

The Horsham Garden Music Festival, in its inaugural year, laid on a series of free concerts every Sunday for the past month and a half, drawing a total of 2,000 people, while also raising around £1,000 for Horsham in Bloom and St Catherine’s Hospice.

On the final Sunday, world music bands Samba X Project, The Coasters and Johnny and the Eagles performed in Horsham Park.

Paul Bellringer, festival association chairman, said: “I wish to thank the association’s committee of skilled and dedicated volunteers, all our other helpers and collectors, our many sponsors and grant funders and Horsham District Council for their advice and support.

“Special thanks also to the many bands and performing groups who entertained us all, especially all those who did so for free.

“Lastly, a big thank you to the happy and enthusiastic audiences that turned up whatever the weather and helped to raise almost £1,000 for charity.”

Showcasing local amateur and semi-professional musicians either based or associated with the Horsham district, it has featured individuals and groups of all ages and abilities.

Organisers hope to make the festival an annual event.

Festival of Sound, page 59