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Issue No. 110 - 30th August 2006
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Summer Sounds and Fireworks Spectacular!

The Summer Sounds Spectacular series of outdoor concerts arrived in Ross on Wye over the August Bank holiday and performed three very different concerts over the long weekend. Saturday night saw the fantastic Blues Brothers tribute show 'Sweet Home Chicago take to the stage for over two hours of great live music. The audience were on their feet from the time that Jake & Elwood took to the stage until the stunning firework finale.

The pace slowed down for Sundays concert which featured the Glenn Miller Tribute orchestra under the musical direction of Paul Barry. The audience expressed their delight when the members of the band left the stage to walk around them playing live during one of the numbers. Sunrise Seranaders joined the band on stage throughout the evening with their own interpretation of the Andrews Sisters. Again a fantastic firework finale closed the evening.

Bank holiday Monday saw a much smaller audience than expected turn out for the final concert - The Kings of Swing tribute to the Rat Pack. Despite very heavy rain earlier in the concert the audience bravely stayed to witness a really excellent evening of Swing Bands classics.

A spokesperson for Stage Electrics said 'This was our first visit to Ross on Wye and we would hope that we will come again next year. We would like to increase the attendance figures, as we were a little disappointed in the numbers we attracted this year. The audience size may have been small but the welcome and support given was absolutely superb. Waterside was one of the nicest and picturesque locations we performed at around the South West this summer - Ross on Wye is lucky to have such a facility.' Stage Electrics is based in Bristol and is a major supplier of lighting and sound to the stage and conference market.

Saturday evening's show kicked off a great weekend of entertainment with a brilliant 'Blues Brothers Party', courtesy of the 'Sweet Home Chicago Theatre Show'.

Pictured below are the band plus 'Blues Brothers', Jake and Elwood, played by Pete Tobict and Mike Lawrence, just prior to Saturday's show as well as some live shots taken during the performance. On the following pages, photographs from Sunday and Monday's Glenn Miller Tribute and a Rat Pack Party Summer Spectacular shows can be seen.

Sweet Home Chicago. DSC_5062

Jake and Elwood with the show's Production Manager, John Radford. DSC_5065

The start of the Blues Brothers Party. DSC_5074

Pete Tobict and Mike Lawrence aka Jake and Elwood. DSC_5080

Tracy Graham. DSC_5130

Peterstow Horticultural Show

Peterstow Horticultural Show took place on the Peterstow Common over the holiday weekend. Pictured below, Keith Hardie can be seen with his entry of dahlias and show organizers: Pat Brown, Cindy Smith, Nick Penfold and Barry Lacey.



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