Performers at the Piccadilly Circus Festival
By Matt Taylor
Anyone who came along to Hanley on Saturday will know that the new Festival that took place was a huge success.
Throughout the day of Piccadilly Circus, over a thousand people came along to see the various performances on stage that ranged from songs from Les Miserables to home-grown rock bands displaying their own material. And this was accompanied by the ale tent which proved very popular, as did the Hog Roast which sold out by 5 o’clock.
Why am I telling you this? Because there are many unsung heroes of Saturday afternoon, and what I’d like to do is give them the thanks they deserve. So here goes:
Personal thanks to Sarah Smith, who was responsible for signing up, and then organising the theatre groups, Jill Lawton, who manages the Unicorn for me, but who made it her mission to ensure the day was a success beyond the realm of duty, my girlfriend (sorry fiancee, slap) Laura for putting up with me being like a bear with a sore head for the last three weeks and for all her help, Charlotte and Bamf from Stoke Sounds, who were instrumental (sorry) in planning the live bands and ensuring they went to schedule on the day, Steve Degg for his wonderful presentation skills on stage as compere, not forgetting the work of the great Trent Vale Poet.
Further thanks got to all of those who helped on the day, and who performed on stage, off stage, or were involved somewhere somehow on the 4th July, it wouldn’t have happened without you:
Darren Teale (of Junction 15 video productions) for filming the event, and also working the bar when everyone else had given up.
Jo Teale for working the bar despite never having pulled a beer in her life.
Will Haywood and Holly Smith for their help with the bar, and Will for supplying drums for use by all sorts of people.
Adam Hunt, Andy, Ross Lawton for their help setting up the marquee and putting it down again at around midnight – pure dedication.
All the staff behind the bar and even customers collecting glasses inside the Unicorn! (Kate, Shaun, Sarah, Mark (nice outfit) and Will and his Mrs).
Five Towns Theatre
Ben Cardall, close up magician
Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Company
Alsager High, the Salsa in the Street teacher, Clough Hall High, the belly dancers.
Sue of Indecision, for lending us her gazebo when the rain came down in buckets.
All of the bands: The Control, Molotov Revival, The Decision, Heart of the Sun, Cock’s Entry, Mistaken for Strangers, The Black Apples and The Coach Trad Jazz Band.
Gareth Powell and Phil Wagg who did brilliant acoustic sets, plus Kenny Gilmore (Malawi pop star!) who made a guest appearance, along with Sarah Banks, a previous finalist in Stoke’s Top Talent.
DJ Hushmore AKA Lawrence Shaw
My mum, for help and support, and my brother for his tireless skills on the bar.
Titanic Brewery for supplying cooling for the beer tent, and CAMRA for supplying the cider bar.
And if there is anyone else I have forgotten, thanks, and I am sorry!