Bowdonbury Festival hailed a success as event raises thousands for Bowdon Cricket Club

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Hundreds of festivalgoers enjoyed a weekend of music and family entertainment at the Bowdonbury Festival over the May Bank Holiday, raising thousands of pounds in the process.

The sun shone on the event at the Bowdon Cricket, Hockey & Squash Club where there were two days of performances from some of the UK’s biggest and best tribute artists, as well as a funfair, pop-up stalls, and food and drink stalls from local suppliers.

The festival opened on Saturday with tributes to George Michael, Diana Ross and The Bee Gees, with support from Le Freak Band and Radio Alty DJ Pete Scotson.

Hundreds attended Bowdonbury on the May Bank Holiday Weekend

The music continued on Sunday with a line-up including The Pretend Beatles, critically acclaimed Maxine Mazumder as Dusty Springfield and the award-winning Dave Collison as Roy Orbison.

The new Bowdonbury Festival, sponsored by Benchmark Security Group, was organised by Max Eden to raise money for Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club after its main fundraising event, Bowdon Bonfire, had to be cancelled last year due to Covid restrictions.

It was one of the first big outdoor events to take place after the easing of lockdown restrictions last month and was held under Covid-safe conditions.

Eden said: “It was an absolutely fantastic weekend and people came out in force to support their local club, meaning we were able to raise thousands of pounds towards its funds, enabling it to continue its brilliant work in the heart of the community.

Organiser Max Eden with Tameka Jackson, who performed as Diana Ross, and George Michael tribute artist Andrew Browning

“The performances were fabulous – all the acts were a big hit with the crowd, and the weather was perfect.

“There was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere on site, and seeing so many people back out enjoying themselves and families having fun together was worth all the hard work and dedication that went into the planning.

“I want to thank all the acts who performed, and also the volunteers who pulled out all the stops to make the weekend such a success.”

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