15,000 make Party in the Park to remember
They came, they saw and they partied. Then they partied some more. A staggering 15,000 people having fun in the sun made Party in the Park 2008 the biggest ever.
With nine non-stop hours of free entertainment in the glorious setting of Titchfield Park, Mansfield was in the mood for a good time... and a good time is what they got.
Many were there to see headline act Andy Abraham, who proved he'd still very much got the X-Factor with a set which included old favourites and songs from his new album - all delivered in his inimitable smooth, soulful style. Thousands of people swayed their arms and sung along, with many staying behind to collect a coveted autograph. The ever-charming Andy was only too happy to oblige with his signature. He may not have conquered in Eurovision, but the people of Mansfield gave Andy a resounding douze points!
Earlier in the day, High School Musical act, Class of 08 was a massive hit with younger members of the audience, as was up-and-coming pop songstress Alana Estrella.
The stage entertainment also provided a great platform for local talent to shine - and boy did it shine. Scott Davies set the tone for the day with a faultless performance of songs from the musicals and he was followed by superb performances from Jodi Haines, a stunning acoustic set from Phil Ashmore and Clare Elise.
Mansfield Folk / Rock band The Beetroot Kings showed why they are tipped for big things and it was easy to see why Stonefoxx were selected to support Shayne Ward on his arena tour with a slick vocal and dance performance.
Away from the stage, there were plenty of other attractions to occupy the thousands with activities as diverse as go-karts, circus skills, children's rides, gymnastics displays and donkey rides.