Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the first “Ashfield Day”

Ashfield advisers suggested that more than 12,000 people gathered at Sutton Lawn for Ashfield Day, with a mix of live music, outdoor cinema, dog shows and rides.

Councilor Jason Zadrozny, leader of Ashfield Council, hailed the council’s event as a “major success” and vowed to repeat it in 2023.

Highlights included a large outdoor cinema screen showing Paddington, Mrs Doubtfire and Grease, while 60 students from Empire School of Music impressed festival-goers with their performance.

Kathie Smart from the school said: “What an amazing day – we are so proud and loving every minute. Our students were outstanding and the audience participation was amazing.

“For many of our students it was their first time performing in public, so doing it in front of thousands of their neighbors was an incredible experience.”

Councilor David Hennigan, member of Sutton Central and New Cross, said: “What a wonderful day – it was so great to see our talented young people take center stage.

“The real stars of the show were the local residents who behaved impeccably.

“It was a day when residents could get together and sing and dance and come together.”

Councilor Zadrozny said: “It was amazing to see the communities come together to celebrate all that is good in Ashfield.

“Thousands of residents came out to enjoy the day and hear amazing local talent, including the wonderfully talented young people from Empire Music School.

“We have already started planning for 2023. It will be even bigger and better.”

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