23rd Oct, 2016

Sunshine crowns a great festival day

Evesham Editorial 17th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THOUSANDS of people bounded in Broadway as stars from the music world made a special visit to play a part in a popular festival.

Broadway was packed on Saturday and Sunday (July 12 and 13) as the picturesque village held its second Broadfest event following its huge success last year.

The two-day event, which was supported by leading youth charity the Princes Trust, saw music mania hit the village with former X Factor runner-up and Dancing On Ice winner Ray Quinn taking to the stage as the headline act.

The cheeky scouser delighted the packed crowd by performing songs and after the event tweeted a selfie with him on stage and the crowd in the background. Quinn tweeted: “So….@Broadfest2014 was awesome thanks guys #rainandall.”

A number of Vale acts also took to the stage including Pershore’s Jennifer Ludlow, Evesham boy bands Maxed Out and Prism,

15-year-old Georgia Wheatley from Honeybourne and Broadway’s Elspeth Rose and male duo As Mamas.

Children from Broadway First School also performed songs from their upcoming stage production of Cinderella.

International Blues artist Laurence Jones brought the curtain down on the festival on Sunday evening.

Broadfest organiser Gary Thompson told the Observer: “The event went really well, it was much better than expected and the numbers are up from last year so I’m really pleased.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part and came along, the feedback has been really positive. I asked on our Facebook site whether we should hold another event next year and been inundated with people wanting it.

“This will be an annual event for as long it is wanted and is supported. I think Broadway needs an event like this.”


Rock Choir take to the stage at Broadfest. EVEOBS004

Caroline Cooper held a stall throughout the festival. EVEOBS002

A large crowd gathered in the sun to see a packed line-up of music. EVEOBS001

Former X Factor and Dancing On Ice star Ray Quinn performs to the big crowd. Picture by Luke Barrett.