Countdown is on for Parbold ‘becoming Vegas of the ukulele world’

Countdown is on for Parbold ‘becoming Vegas of the ukulele world’

by Henry James (July 2021)

PARBULELE 2021 will go ahead this year at the place that it has made its home - the village of Parbold.

From the welcome party on the evening of the July 30 to the farewell party on the evening of the August 1 the whole village comes alive to the sound of the Ukulele.

Performer Peter Moss has described Parbulele as when, “Parbold village becomes the Vegas of the ukulele world.”

Every year Parbulele brings a new feature to its festival and this time it is the UK George Formby Society bringing more than 21 members to play over the weekend.

Using its unique canalside location, the Pirate Boat will return along with first timers the Hippie Boat and the Toastie Boat.

At the canalside, the main stage will be the ‘Music Village.’

There will also be catering, a beer tent and all kinds of trade stands and a bouncy castle for the youngsters.

From 11am on Saturday through to 9pm, there will non stop entertainment from live bands playing the unique Ukulele style of music.

At the Women’s Institute there will be workshops held to teach various aspects of playing the ukulele. There will also be lessons on singing and writing songs. These workshops are delivered by professional teachers at only £10 for an hours lesson.

Live bands will be playing all day on both days at a number of venues including: The Windmill; The Stocks and The Wayfarer. The official festival cafe is Coffee Etc.

Festival Organiser Gary Smith said: “This year we are proud to be official fundraisers for the NHS Charities Together, with 100% of the profits being donated to their charities.

“So, where else can you come and see more than 40 bands performing live, while having a great time all for FREE! Visit our web site www.parbulele.co.uk for all the details.

“We will be providing a safe environment following and in most cases exceeding the current guidelines. We will have sanitiser stations track and trace facilities to register everyone, with our own unique wrist band control system.

“The workshops will be limited to 25% of the WI capacity and the evening concert, normally held in the village hall, will be outside on the Main Stage, keeping everyone in the open air and in the summer sun.

Special thanks must go to the Parish Council and West Lancashire Borough Council for assisting us in putting on this festival.

“No doubt Mr and Mrs Parbulele will be appearing in their Model T Ford, and driving around the village.

“So after the last 18 months what we need is happiness and laughter, meeting old friends and making new ones in a safe and secure environment.”

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