FURNESS Vale’s Field Day goes from strength to strength, with another wonderful village day in brilliant sunshine for the second year running. There were many more tents than last year, including a large marquee which would have given shelter to many of the large crowd had it rained.
The big marquee was home to the local rock bands, who entertained noisily. The Review met two of the groups:
- Drugstore Cowboys describe themselves as ‘odd rock’ . The name is a pseudonym – the original is Fantasist, Under that name they have produced albums, currently available on fantasist.band.com The group includes New Mills boy Rob Sutcliffe on bass and vocal, Seb Sweet on drums and vocal, Oliver Cordwell on guitar and vocals.
- Nightyear is a very young band, all students at Chapel High School: Chris Griffiths, drums, aged 14; Jack Parker, guitar, 13; Ross Hartley, vocals and lead guitar, 15; Shane Carrington, bass, 16.
Volunteers helping Community Organisation Green Space (COGS) braved eye-stinging smoke to cook hundreds of burgers, snapped up by the hungry crowd. In the High Peak Community Arts ‘yurt’ – a traditional round tent – Claire Mooney on guitar entertained children, writing an impromptu song including their suggestions and singing it at the end of the session.
Terry Watson, chairman of COGS with Paul Hines, showed local people plans for the football area.The purpose of the Field Day is to raise funds to develop plans for improving the playing field. Currently it is owned by High Peak borough council, but Terry’s committee hopes one day to take it over. With hoped-for Lottery funding, they see the future of the field guaranteed for sports and community leisure.
- For information about the plans and how to help, contact Terry Watson on 01663 743 421