Sexiest swing at fun weekend

Contributed by editor on May 20, 2006 - 12:11 AM



Foot-tapping music, children’s workshops, story-telling and circus skills are lined up for visitors to Folkestone’s The Lower Leas Coastal Park on Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May to celebrate its grand opening after a major facelift.

The event gets underway at 12 noon on Saturday when The Davenport jazz band leads visitors through the park from its eastern end after the official ribbon cutting.

Between 12.20pm and 2.30pm the Whole Hog Arts Company will be hosting puppet workshops - based o­n the theme of sea creatures - for children, and Dindon Sauvage will be setting feet tapping at 1.30pm with a programme of sizzling hot Cajun music.

Brighton-based The Matzos take centre stage at the amphitheatre at 5.00pm for two hours of wild eastern European melodies infused with Latin, Arabic and Celtic grooves.

On Sunday performers from Whitstable-based Kent Circus School will be teaching circus skills including tightwire walking, plate spinning and uni-cycling at the
Amptiheatre. Other Sunday entertainment includes music from The Amber Room and story telling with Rob Parkinson.

The two-day spectacular ends with a two-hour performance by Ronnie Scott’s Rejects between 4.00pm and 6.00pm when the popular London band will be playing some of the sexiest swing around.

The grand opening marks a £1.4 million Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment of the park that has transformed an area of scrub and tarmac into five acres of formal and semi-formal gardens, spring and summer meadows, new walkways and terraces, performance areas and a central avenue of pine trees.