Eighties pop group Bananarama and ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again were the headlining acts for major Rotary event in South Yorkshire.
‘Music in the Gardens’ is now in its 15th year and has raised an estimated half a million pounds for charities in that time. Last year’s weekend concerts raised £59,000, with 10% of the net profit going to The Rotary Foundation.
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This year’s event was staged in the Botanical Gardens, and is organised by Rotary clubs in Abbeydale, Rotherham Sitwell, Sheffield and Wortley. It was blessed with superb Yorkshire weather.
Several Rotary clubs in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, who are part of District 1220, also pitch in to support the three-night event with stewarding, ticket collection and security.
It has been said that ‘Music in the Gardens’ is the biggest event run by Rotary in the UK and it is a fine example of clubs working together.”
Bananarama, who are celebrating their 36th anniversary, kicked off the festival on Friday evening, while Bjorn Again performed on the second night. The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra and Unite the Union brass band played ‘Music from the movies’.
Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland President, Donna Wallbank, attended the musical extravaganza. District Governor, David Hood, was delighted with the co-operation between Rotary clubs.
He said: “It has been said that ‘Music in the Gardens’ is the biggest event run by Rotary in the UK and it is a fine example of clubs working together.
“In good Rotary tradition, the seven directors and additional helpers do not claim any expenses, rather they see the event as a true ‘service above self’ function and are very proud of what has been achieved over the years.”
The event ended with a firework display, and now the planning will shortly begin for the 2020 ‘Music in the Gardens’.