EXCITED organisers have announced that a blast from the past will headline fourth annual Party in the Park in Hucknall — the ‘one and only’ Chesney Hawkes.
The pop star and songwriter shot to fame in the early 1990s and released a string of tracks, including the number-one smash ‘The One And Only’.
He will perform at the popular charity gig, which takes place at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club off Watnall Road on Saturday June 25.
Also on the bill are well-known Hucknall group Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band, as well as Mellow Rebellion. Other acts will be confirmed at a later date.
All the funds raised will be donated to Help for Heroes, which provides support for servicemen and women injured on the front line.
Party in the Park is organised by Ben Marshall and Phil Rostance, along with Hucknall Rotary Club.
It was originally launched in tribute to Lance-Corporal Paul ‘Sandy’ Sandford, of Hucknall, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. ‘Sandy’ was a school friend of Ben and Phil at Holgate Comprehensive in the town.
Event manager Ben said: “We are delighted to have Chesney on board with us. This year’s event will be bigger and better than it ever has been before and hopefully, as we’ve taken the decision to move it to a summer Saturday, more people will be able to take advantage of an amazing day out.
“Times are hard at the minute so we’ll be making family tickets available from £12, which we believe is incredible value for a day’s entertainment.
“We’ll be working hard alongside the Rotary Club to make sure this is the best one yet.”
Hawkes will take centre stage instead of one of last year’s finalists of ‘The X Factor’, Wagner Carrilho, who had been touted as a headliner.
Rotarian Coun Kevin Rostance, who is a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council, added: “Chesney will bring that extra dimension to the day this year.
“We’re delighted he’s been able to join us. Over the last three years, we have raised thousands of pounds for our injured troops and their families. As the event grows, we’re confident that we can raise even more.”
There will also be a host of family-friendly activities on offer, including a funfair.
Last year, the event moved from its previous location at Titchfield Park to the Rolls site. This year’s Party in the Park will run from 2 pm to 10 pm. Tickets are £4 for adults, £2 for concessions (under-16s and pensioners) and £12 for a family ticket.