Acoustic gathering

Acoustic Gathering 2011at Peasholm Park''Picture by Neil Silk  113688a

Acoustic Gathering 2011at Peasholm Park''Picture by Neil Silk 113688a

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PEASHOLM Park played host to hundreds of music fans for Scarborough’s annual Acoustic Gathering event yesterday,

The full-day event, which is now in its sixth year, saw ’80s legends Red Box top a bill consisting almost entirely of local talent.

Acoustic Gathering 2011at Peasholm Park''Picture by Neil Silk  113688a'11/09/11

Acoustic Gathering 2011at Peasholm Park''Picture by Neil Silk 113688a'11/09/11

Artists performed on the bandstand in the lake as rowing boats circled them during their set.

And the always popular event was once again music to the ears of fans and performers alike.

Musician Paul Funge was playing the event for the first time with his band, Olivine. The Scarborough metal band were ditching their amps for the show, which guitarist Paul believes is the highlight of Scarborough’s musical calendar,

He said: “In terms of music, it’s the best thing about Scarborough, even compared to the Open Air Theatre.

Acoustic Gathering 2011at Peasholm Park''Picture by Neil Silk  113688a'11/09/11

Acoustic Gathering 2011at Peasholm Park''Picture by Neil Silk 113688a'11/09/11

“You just have to look around to see just how brilliant today really is. Shows like this are the reason Peasholm Park was built all those years ago.”

Fans were also very supportive of the free event. Sarah Johnson, 35, from Bridlington, was attending the event with her two children, and believes the council should be promoting the event more.

She said: “It’s absolutely wonderful. What a perfect space to hold something like this in, and look how many people have come out for it.

“The council should try and promote the event and the park a bit more. It’s a beautiful place, and it’s rare you get something this good without having to pay for it.”

The concert was also a hit with younger fans. Student James Fox, 17, was “pretty impressed” and said he would like to see more events like it in the town.

He said: “They should be making more of an effort to put stuff like this on, as everybody really enjoys it.

“I would like to see more events that are open to a wider range of people put on, and I think a lot of people would.”