Get read to Rock on the Rec!

Isabelle Parkinson's winning Ribfest poster design. (s)
Isabelle Parkinson's winning Ribfest poster design. (s)
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Ribchester Playing Field plays host to its first free live rock music concert on Saturday afternoon (July 23rd).

The event, entitled “Rock on the Rec” is organised by Ribchester Rovers Football Club as part of its fundraising effort to raise money for new changing rooms.

The organisers have booked five live bands to appear and hope to raise funds through a bar, barbecue and pizza stalls, and a raffle. The event is free, but the Football Club will be asking for donations for the cause.

Headlined by top local indie band “The Ragamuffins” and led by the excellent David John Jaggs, the gig will also feature The Pinstripe Pigeon Band, Electric Circus, Tindrumm, 53 Degrees North, and a DJ set by Lauren Byrne.

Ribchester Rovers Football club, along with the local community, has been working very hard to raise funds to replace the current, dilapidated, pre-war pavilion with a brand new state-of-the-art sports pavilion, adhering to all current Sport England and FA standards.

The club believe that a new pavilion is essential, not just for Ribchester Rovers, but the whole village. Committee Member Ben Jones said: “It will have an inspirational impact for many years to come. As well as both adult and junior football teams using it for regular training and matches, Ribchester’s St Wilfreds Primary School will have access to improve their sports facilities and activities, which are very limited on the current school site. It will also be a fantastic base and opportunity for field activity clubs or events that arise in the future”.

The proposed new, eco-friendly pavilion will be a 160sq.m. modern facility, almost four times the size of the current pavilion, with a cedar cladding external finish and a solid membrane roof. It will have two 16 person changing rooms with toilets and four shower cubicles in each as well as two officials changing rooms also with shower and toilet. Plus it will take into account the needs of people with disabilities, including a disabled toilet and changing room.

Rock on the Rec starts at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon and will finish at 7 pm. It is part of a whole host of live music and drama happening in Ribchester this week during the new Ribchester Music Festival called Ribfest, more details at www.ribfest.co.uk