Fleetwood — 27–28 June 2020
The Then and Now Armed Forces Festival
Then and Now Festival
A celebration of the restoration and significance of Memorial Park Fleetwood.
Purpose of the festival
To reflect on why the park was created, and why 90 years on, it is still significant, not only as a memorial to the fallen, but also a vibrant and active family orientated local park.
To bring an animated closure to the restoration achievements funded through HLF and the Big Lottery and the subsequent projects that have arisen as a result of the activity plan.
The scope of the festival
The festival will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June.
The Saturday will be the ‘Then Day’, creating a nostalgic look back on what it was like in 1925 or thereabouts, when there was the planting of trees along Remembrance Way. Subtlety, reflection and light will be the key elements of Then. It will compliment and recognise our armed forces, then and present.
The Sunday will be the ‘Now Day’, a pulsating animation of live entertainment and fun family activities. Togetherness, wellbeing and creativity will be the key elements of Now.
The festival will be centred on the Memorial, the avenue of trees, the Pavilion, the Rose Garden and part of the field nearest the Memorial.
It will require a 60’ x 40’ or 100’ x 40’ marquee, fixtures and fittings, fencing and barriers, portable loos, diesel generator, PA system, stage, desks and tech specs, tracking, a cherry picker/mewp. It will need overnight static guarding, daytime security and stewards, first aid, general event staffing, artists and performers, sound engineer, site manager and subcontractors.
It will require the support of event staff drawn from the Council, as well as Council volunteers.
Saturday Pavilion exhibition – WW1 Pavilion exhibition – WW1 On from Friday
Lightshow on avenue of trees Lightshow on avenue of trees Launch event on Saturday at dusk. (Solar generated lights within the trees.)
1920s picnic in the park Musical hall performances Historical re-enactments Community stalls
Harmony and Health – old time sing a long Craft workshops
Lantern making. Live music Curfew for Sunday is 1600hrs
Traditional games Traditional games Coconut shy etc
Lantern parade along the avenue of trees. Small parade based on children who have made lanterns on the day. Battery tea lights of course.)
Street theatre shows
Arts and Crafts workshops