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25 YEARS OF AUDLEM SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM

29th June 2024 @ 6:06am – by ASET
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25 YEARS OF AUDLEM SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM

It is hard to believe that it is 25 years since an idea over a pint in one of our local pubs evolved into Party on the Park as it is today.

It all started during a discussion on whether we could bring the BBC Proms live to Audlem on large screens on the playing field. We soon found out that due to the cost and copyright laws it wasn't possible and the idea of staging our very own Proms on the Park materialised.

On Saturday 24th June 2000 the first Proms on the Park took place with some very nervous ASET members. Would people come? Would we cover our costs? It was a huge financial risk and could have led to the instant demise of Audlem Special Events Team. BUT you did come and we did cover our costs and the rest as they say is history.

As the years rolled on and tastes changed Proms in the Park evolved into what it is today, Party on the Park. Although at times ASET was walking a financial tightrope we managed to engage some amazing performers. Highlights include The Westenders with their music from the shows, the ABBA tribute band starring one of the original Mamma Mia cast from the London stage show, 80's Mania, QEII (Queen), our own Gambler and many more, to last year's wonderful performance by Roy Hemmings (an original Drifter) and the Dictionary of Soul.

Amongst all the successes, we have to admit, that there has been the occasional lowlight such as the truly unforgettable Michael Bublé Tribute who spent most of his time in the Lord Combermere with his friend Jack Daniels but one of our proudest achievements was when we managed to reschedule Party on the Park in 2021 after the Government extended the COVID lockdown days before the event. Having endured social isolation for 2 years it was truly memorable to witness the whole village celebrate together in true Audlem party style.

As everyone has experienced, costs of everything have risen significantly over the last few years and this year's bill to stage Party on the Park has amounted to just under £30,000. This is an incredible amount of money to raise and we could not achieve this without the continued support of our loyal sponsors and you for buying the tickets

SO thank you all for supporting ASET for the last 25 years and here's to the next!

Click to watch historic footage of one of our first Proms in the Park kindly provided by Ken Jones

https://YouTube.com/watch?v=WweZnz6TAwE

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