Your article: Big crowds enjoy community events in Pocklington

More than 600 people descended on Burnby Hall Gardens on Saturday to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.
More than 600 people descended on Burnby Hall Gardens on Saturday to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.

Community events at Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen have been hailed a big success.

Saturday evening saw a crowd of more than 600 people enjoy R and B music performed by Harrogate band ‘The Good Old Boys’ and guests. Musical highlights from a superb set included ‘Mustang Sally’, with lively and vocal audience participation, and ended with rousing versions of ‘Johnny B Good’ and ‘Roll Over Beethoven’.

This was followed by a firework crescendo across the lakes.

Guest artists Laurence Harrington and Emily Brown provided acoustic sets which complimented the R and B influenced style of the headline band, and even the steady rain, which fell towards the end of the show, did not stop many from happily dancing the night away to the music.

Pocklington Town Council has thanked all the business and shop owners in Pocklington who donated items to the mayor’s raffle held at the event. The raffle was organised by Steve Wainika.

Town councillor Peter Winterton said: “We enjoyed a complete sell out and many of the winners were thrilled with the quality of the prizes. We also added two star prizes which were donated by Browns Greengrocers and The Fresh Food Deli management.”

Sunday afternoon saw a complete change of style when Pocklington Churches together performed ‘The Big Sing’ from the bandstand in the Gardens. Choosing a wide variety of well-known hymns and worship music, interspersed with powerful solo performances, the 40-plus strong ensemble provided an uplifting end to the weekend celebrations.