Beach party to be held Diss this Saturday
There is no need to rush off to the beach this summer. Stay at home and let it come to you.
Diss will not have three major events – Diss Fest, Gig in the Park or the street organ festival – this year, but it will have a new Fun in the Sun Day instead.
The beach-themed day in Diss Park is the brainchild of Park Radio and Diss Rotary Club.
It is a free day featuring a big sand pit and a lot more children’s activities, including peep board, stocks and sponges, giant Jenga and Connect 4 and a bouncy castle, as well as a barrel organ.
There will also be live music, food and drink stalls selling ice cream, fish and chips, burgers and, just like the real seaside, candy floss.
The circus is in town that week and is sending some clowns and jugglers to help keep the children amused.
Radio station mascot Parky Bear will be there with his own stall, and a first aid tent will provide members of the public with a chance to try resuscitating adult and child manikins. There will also be a demonstration of how to use a defibrillator.
Local businesses are backing the event and there is a chance to win two first class return tickets to London with Greater Anglia as well many other prizes.
The live music shows will feature Back Street, a Norfolk-based classic rock band and Swervy World, an Ipswich-based jazz band. Singer-songwriter Anna Carter will perform her own upbeat pop songs.
All profits from the event will be donated equally to two national and two local charities – Pancreatic Cancer Research, The Samaritans, the Diss Dove Dementia Café and Genesis Housing.
Radio station manager Chris Moyse said the day was intended to fill in some of the gaps left by other events not happening.
“We hope loads of residents will come and have some Fun in the Sun,” he said.
Diss Rotary president Phil Catchpole – just at the start of his year in office – said the day would show Rotary at its community-minded best. “Rotary can be seen as stuffy and starchy, but we can have fun while helping others,” he said.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary should telephone membership chairman Judith Ward on 01379 642839, he added.
Fun in the Sun is on Saturday, July 20, from 3pm to 9.30pm