Anston: Beatlemania makes sure festival really rocks

Beatlemania rocked the festival on Anston Recreation Ground. Photo by Janson-Piers Imaging
Beatlemania rocked the festival on Anston Recreation Ground. Photo by Janson-Piers Imaging

Despite an overcast start, the weather was kind to Anston Festival day and the picnic on the rec.

People flocked to Anston Recreation Ground to be entertained by Anston children’s choir conducted by Jenny Cone, followed by top tribute band Beatlemania.

Anston Festival & Live Music day,  Malika and Mikaail McKenzie aged eight and five, with 'Safe at last'  Sam. (w130624-3c)

Anston Festival & Live Music day, Malika and Mikaail McKenzie aged eight and five, with 'Safe at last' Sam. (w130624-3c)

The children gave a brilliant show, and the audience were seen dancing and waving to the very realistic ‘Fab Four’ who performed on a stage loaned by Wilkinsons.

Many local organisations came along with their gazebos and stalls for people to browse.

They included face painting, which proved popular with kids and adults alike.

And health promotion stands stood alongside refreshments karts selling burgers, pork sandwiches and lovely cakes.

Anston Festival & Live Music. Dinnington and district Horticultural society members, from left Alf Bailey, Tricia Henstock, Beryl Bagshaw, Margaret Hudson.on their stall. (w130624-3f)

Anston Festival & Live Music. Dinnington and district Horticultural society members, from left Alf Bailey, Tricia Henstock, Beryl Bagshaw, Margaret Hudson.on their stall. (w130624-3f)

Tea and coffee was also provided by Anston Pre-School, served in the Parish Hall, alongside the sewing circle and IBIS art exhibition.

The event was opened by Anston Parish Council chairman Coun John Ireland.

And the Mayor of Rotherham Coun John Foden judged the fancy dress competition after touring the charity stalls with the Mayoress Kath Foden.

Entertainment for the younger crowd came in the form of a puppet show by St James’ church and the Rotherham Youth bus was also there.

Anston Festival Committee chair Judy Dalton said: “It was wonderful to see all the local organisations coming together in a festival spirit to create a community event.”

“We had so much help from people such as Dinnington Air Cadets who patrolled the parking for us, and the offer of a marquee from Dinnngton Festival Committee, that meant that residents could come down, have a go at bowling, a walk in the woods, bring a picnic enjoy the entertainment and meet their neighbours, as well as see the great amenities that we have in Anston.”

The day was in conjunction with Anston Cricket Club’s family fun day. There was also a cricket match between the cricket club and Dinnington Rugby Club in memory of Rob Hurdley.

Organiser Jane Hanson said: “The match went extremely well with Jack Mason captain for Anston and Martyn Long captain for the Rugby Club.”

“Thanks to excellent running by John Clark and fair umpiring by Steve Cannadine the rugby Club beat the cricket club at cricket.”

Jane said it was yet to be decided which sport would feature in the next competition between the two clubs for the Rob Hurdley Trophy, adding: “I am sure it will be very competitive.”