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Sun shines on Blackpool for Alfresco Cowbell Carnival

Duncan Hodgson gives you a taste of yesterday’s Alfresco Cowbell Carnival.

The sun was shining yesterday for Alfresco Cowbell Carnival family fun day at Blackpool Cricket Club and the families were out in force. Over 600 tickets were sold on the day alone plus many more in advance. As well as being a fantastic reasonably priced family event, the day was also about raising much needed funds for four local charities. The charities selected for this Alfresco event were Woodlands School, Brian House Hospice, Blue Butterfly and Donna’s Dream House who will each get a share of the £2000+ raised on the day.

The crowd were treated to an eclectic mix of Reggae, Dub, Funk and Hip Hop from the Cowbell Radio DJs plus special guest DJ Woody who got everyone dancing with his set which closed the event. There was also a host of activities going on throughout the day including a strong man competition, street dance workshop from The Urban Dance Project and local dance group FY West Coast, cricket and football plus face painting for the kids provided by local arts organisation, Aunty Social.

Later on in the afternoon the charity art auction took centre stage inside the club house with pieces donated by Julian Kimmings, Thomas Donaldson, Chep, Claire Griffiths, John Marc Allen, David Healy, Matt Nicholls and MyDog Sighs plus many more. The auction raised a whopping £1,200 – a fantastic achievement and a testament to the high quality of the art and the generosity of the bidders.

Cowbell Carnival
Cowbell Carnival

For those who wanted a bite to eat there was The Original Pizza Bus treating them to delicious hand made pizza – thoroughly recommended. In typical Alfresco style there was also a barbeque and local cafe Piknik on offer to keep everyone fed and watered.

We caught up with Mark “Chinny” Davis who organised Alfresco to find out how he thought the day went and he summed it up in just one word – “brilliant” – and we couldn’t agree more. With tickets costing just £5 for a full day of entertainment this is definitely an event not to be missed and we just can’t wait until the next one.

To keep up to date with Alfresco Family Events you can like them on Facebook. Images courtesy of CJGriffiths Photography.

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