Summer Nights concert - what you need to know

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Let’s hope that February signals the start of some warmer evenings, in time for this Saturday’s Summer Nights concert in the park.

With popular New Zealand band The Warratahs headlining, the crowd are guaranteed a night of good sounds.

“The band have said they are really looking forward to performing in Stratford, so we’re keen to show them our best small town hospitality. We encourage families to come along, bring a picnic and really enjoy the evening,” says Kate Whareaitu, Stratford District Council’s Community Development Director.

Local artists Rick Coplestone and Janet Muggeridge will be opening for the free event, starting at 5.30pm in the Ted McCullough Rhododendron Dell at King Edward Park.

Foot traffic entry points into The Dell include Brecon Road (opposite Maryann Rest Home), Malone Gates on Fenton Street and back of Stratford Primary School on Regan Street.

Stratford Primary School has parking available for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds raised going to school camps.

Brecon Road will be closed to vehicles from Regan Street to Maryann Rest Home. However access will be given to all residents of this part of Brecon Road, and staff and visitors to the rest home.

Limited parking is available to those who have a mobility parking permit. This can be accessed using the Brecon Road entrance. Alternatively wheelchair access is available using the footpath leading from Malone Gates.

Free train rides on the Dairymaster Express will be available from Malone’s Gates, with food stalls and face painting at The Dell.

The concert will go ahead, rain or shine, and will be moved to the War Memorial Centre on Miranda Street in the event of wet weather.

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