Sep 11 2012 By Zoe Drewett
THE sun shone for crowds who gathered in Shenley Park for a free music concert on Sunday.
The Bandstand Marathon, held in the Park in Shenley Avenue, Ruislip Manor, proved to be a hit with more than 1000 people turning up to enjoy music, food and sunshine.
Event organiser Les Drussel, of Ruislip Manor Chamber of Commerce, along with Hillingdon Council, had been working hard towards the event since March. A stage was hired and put up in Shenley Park for acts to perform on. Mr Drussel described the stage as 'phenomenal'.
"There were well over a thousand people in the park.
"Families were turning up throughout the afternoon, putting down picnic mats and eating and drinking. It was fantastic," he said.
Local musicians and bands performed at the free event in the park, which made up part of the national celebration of local music. Several other Bandstand Marathons took place in towns across the country as part of the London 2012 Festival, to coincide with the end of the London 2012 Games.
Local restaurants and cafes provided an international theme to food on the day, from Indian restaurant Elachi and Twin Boys Thai restaurant.
A zumba exercise class was put on in the park by Hayley Coe, and Jimmy the JAMtots bear from the Windmill Studio Centre in Pembroke Road, Ruislip Manor, entertained children throughout the afternoon.
Among acts performing on the day were The Stardust Big Band, who opened the concert with jazz music, Warrender Primary School choir, folk band The Sitting Ducks, acoustic duo Two Little Boys, and Larger than Life, a motown and soul trio. Singers Millie Manders and Tom Craven and covers band The Conchords also entertained the crowds.
Sean Barber, from Two Little Boys, said: "We had a fantastic day playing and watching other acts, and the amount of people that turned out for the event was amazing.
"It really was a great day and the size of the crowd showed a brilliant community spirit."
Music from the concert could be heard in the surrounding streets in Ruislip Manor, and Mr Drussel said that attracted more and more people to attend.
"The scouts did a fantastic job of putting up the gazebos and doing the litter clean up after the event.
"I would like to thank the police for coming, we had no trouble whatsoever, everyone was just enjoying themselves," he said.