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Support for promenade is music to ears of organisers

GEORGE Osborne MP, pictured with Sarah Flannery, has thrown his weight behind the Knutsford Promenades event
GEORGE Osborne MP, pictured with Sarah Flannery, has thrown his weight behind the Knutsford Promenades event

SUPPORT for this year’s Knutsford Promenade continues to grow as David Briggs, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, is the latest recruit to the band of performers taking part on Saturday, July 5.

“Knutsford Promenades is a brilliant way of bringing together all the arts and heritage organisations which make Knutsford the unique place that it is,” said David.

“This year it also commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War One.

“It brings home the effect the war had on one small town – did you know that nine young men who lived on King Street lost their lives during World War One?

“I trust many people will come along to the Knutsford Promenade to learn more about the town’s history and to enjoy all that is special about the town.”

Highlights of this year’s promenade include performances from LIPA 4:19 Knutsford and SMB Dance International, and pieces performed by Geoff Holman and Tony Davies.

Musical performances will include the singer Cat Allen and Roberts Bakery Band, and the reading of World War One poetry by, amongst others, Martin Bell, UNICEF Ambassador and former war reporter, David Briggs, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, and Flight Lieutenant Liam McGuire, at Waterstones.

The Knutsford Promenade, which begins at 4.30pm under the Royal George archway, will be guided by Caroline Sherwin from Knutsford Heritage Centre.

Richard Clare of Clare & Illingworth, which is celebrating its 24th anniversary of trading in Knutsford said: “Last year it was great to see so many local families filling the town centre and enjoying the Promenades. Children, parents and grandparents ‘promenading’ together created a real ‘buzz.’

“This unique event keeps Knutsford in people’s minds as a destination town; a place to socialise, shop and to celebrate the vibrant history right on our doorstep.

“Knutsford is always more than a standard ‘high street’ experience and this is a great example of how that is achieved.”

Sarah Flannery, co-organiser and creator of the Knutsford Promenades, said: “It’s marvellous to see the Knutsford Promenade being embraced by so many people from the community helping to cement the event into the town’s calendar of key celebrations.

“The Promenades really showcases Knutsford as a destination on so many levels.”

For all the latest information please visit knutsfordpromenades.co.uk.

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Council’s pride in supporting music spectacular

Clr Tony Dean, chairman of the Events Committee, said the council was over the moon to be supporting the Knutsford Promenades
Clr Tony Dean, chairman of the Events Committee, said the council was over the moon to be supporting the Knutsford Promenades

KNUTSFORD Town Council has told the Guardian it is proud to be supporting the Knutsford Promenade, due to be held on July 5.

The event, which includes two features commemorating the outbreak of World War One, has been funded with a £2,000 contribution from the Knutsford Town Council Events Committee.

Clr Tony Dean, chairman of the Events Committee, said: “The council is delighted to affirm our support to the Knutsford Promenades.

“It features a fantastic array of activity focusing on Knutsford’s rich heritage and I am sure it will be a great day for all who attend.”

The Promenade starts at 4.30pm under the Royal George archway and follows a route including Regent Street, part of Princess Street, Church Hill, King Street and the Knutsford Heritage Centre with the grand finale, featuring the Roberts Bakery Band, taking place around 6.30pm back at the Royal George archway.

From Knutsford Guardian

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Gusto’s support for KP2014

Gusto2VISITORS to this year’s Knutsford Promenade will be able to enjoy alfresco dining as part of the street party atmosphere.

Gusto, on King Street, has already made its plans for the July 5 event and is working with the children of Poppies Day Nursery to help create a First World War theme.

“The different themes, from the eighties to 150 years ago, are great for this event – it gives everybody lots of choice and a chance to be creative,” said Stefanie Meachin, Gusto’s business development manager.

“The Promenade will be great for the town and will showcase the history and heritage Knutsford has to offer.”

Gusto general manager Mirek Bulka said he was delighted to be offering an alfresco dining experience to guests.

“The whole event will be great and we are very happy to get involved in the community spirit of things,” said Mirek.

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Promenades event organisers warming up for second event with help from town businesses

Last year's Promenades packed out King Street
Last year’s Promenades packed out King Street

BUSINESSES, residents and visitors are getting ready to step back in time for the Knutsford Promenade 2014.

The event, which proved a huge success last year, will this year take place during the early evening of Saturday July 5.

The route, specially devised by Knutsford Heritage Centre, includes sites of cultural and historical interest to the town, and many will include a short narration and pieces of physical theatre or music to create a ‘promenading’ atmosphere.

Organiser Sarah Flannery said: “Thanks to the support and input from Knutsford Town Council, one element we were all particularly keen to include was two pieces to commemorate the outbreak of First World War, and we are delighted that Tony Davies and Martin Bell will be taking part to honour this.

“We not only want to recreate the ‘promenading’ style of old, but to do so in time-travelling fashion by wearing clothes appropriate to either 150 years ago, 100 years ago or the 1980s to echo three key milestones in the town’s history this year; the 150th anniversary of the Royal May Day, the centenary of the start of war and the Heritage Centre’s silver anniversary.”

King Street will be closed from around 3pm until 7.30pm from the junction with Church Hill to the junction with Minshull Street to accommodate the Promenade.

The event starts at 4.30pm under the Royal George archway and follows a route including Regent Street, part of Princess Street, Church Hill, King Street and the Knutsford Heritage Centre.

The grand finale, featuring the Roberts Bakery Band, will take place around 6.30pm back at the Royal George archway.

For more information, visit knutsfordpromenades.co.uk.

 

From Knutsford Guardian

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SMB Dance joins Knutsford Promenade 2014 line-up

smb dance kgKnutsford’s SMB Dance International is the latest addition to the Knutsford Promenade line-up for 2014.

Based at Knutsford Leisure Centre, SMB Dance offers a wide range of classes for all ages – from two year olds 2 to adults.

“We are thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Knutsford Promenade,” said Stacey Boyd who runs the dance company. “This is a great opportunity for our dancers to showcase their work to the people of Knutsford and beyond as well as being part of this fantastic event.”

The Knutsford Promenade 2014 takes place during the late afternoon/early evening of Saturday 5 July.

“We are inviting residents, visitors and businesses to share an historic stroll around the town on a route specially devised by Knutsford Heritage Centre,” said organiser Sarah Flannery.

“Arts, culture and heritage are such an enormous asset for the town’s local economy and the Promenade, being free for all to enjoy, is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to appreciate what the town offers.

“Thanks to the support and input from Knutsford Town Council, one element we were all particularly keen to include were two pieces to commemorate the outbreak of WW1 and we are delighted that Tony Davies and Martin Bell will be taking part to honour this.

“We not only want to recreate the ‘promenading’ style of old, but to do so in time-travelling fashion by wearing clothes appropriate to either 150 years ago, 100 years ago or the 1980s to echo three key milestones in the town’s history this year: the 150th anniversary of the Royal May Day, the centenary of the start of WW1 and the Heritage Centre’s silver anniversary.

“It’s great to have such an enthusiastic group as SMB Dance taking part and they will be paying homage to the 1980s Flashdance style with leg warmers and sweatbands!”

The Knutsford Promenade 2014 route includes sites of cultural and historic interest to the town, and many will include a short narration, piece of physical theatre or music to create a real community atmosphere and ‘promenading’ entertainment.

Knutsford Town Council will close King Street to traffic from around 3pm until 7.30pm from the junction with Church Hill to the junction with Minshull Street.

The Promenade starts at 4.30pm under the Royal George archway and follows a route including Regent Street, part of Princess Street, Church Hill, King Street and the Knutsford Heritage Centre with the grand finale, featuring the Roberts Bakery Band, taking place around 6.30pm back at the Royal George archway.

 

Photo courtesy of the Knutsford Guardian

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And we’re back, KP2014 is launched!

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2013 saw the first Knutsford Promenades when the town came alive with theatre, music, dance and art as King Street was transformed into an open air stage. The two-day event was funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant submitted by Knutsford Heritage Centre, and backed by Knutsford Town Council.

For 2014, the organisers,  with the generous backing of Knutsford Town Council, are inviting residents and visitors to join The Knutsford Promenade on Saturday 5 July from 4.30pm.

Take a stroll with us on an historic promenade around the town on a route specially devised by Knutsford Heritage Centre.

“We not only want to recreate the ‘promenading’ style of old, but to do so in time-travelling fashion by wearing clothes appropriate to either 150 years ago, 100 years ago or the 1980s to echo three key milestones in the town’s history this year: the 150th anniversary of the Royal May Day, the centenary of the start of WW1 and the Heritage Centre’s silver anniversary,” said organiser Sarah Flannery.

The Knutsford Promenade 2014 route includes sites of cultural and historic interest to the town, and many will include a short narration, piece of physical theatre or music to create a real community atmosphere and ‘promenading’ entertainment.

Knutsford Town Council will close King Street to traffic from around 3pm until 7.30pm from the junction with Church Hill to the junction with Minshull Street.

The Promenade starts at 4.30pm under the Royal George archway and follows a route including Regent Street, part of Princess Street, Church Hill, King Street and the Knutsford Heritage Centre with the grand finale, featuring the Roberts Bakery Band, taking place around 6.30pm back at the Royal George archway.