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Review: Havering Show music brought nostalgia to Hornchurch park

PUBLISHED: 13:32 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:40 29 August 2018

The 2018 Havering Show. S Club Party performing on the main stage.

The 2018 Havering Show. S Club Party performing on the main stage.

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Music throughout the decades attracted crowds, in both rain and shine, at the 40th anniversary of the Havering Show at the weekend.

Curiosity Killed the Cat turn back the clock to the 80s. Photo: Matt ClemensonCuriosity Killed the Cat turn back the clock to the 80s. Photo: Matt Clemenson

Music throughout the decades attracted crowds, in both rain and shine, at the 40th anniversary of the Havering Show at the weekend.

The community once again flocked to Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, for the annual event where they could relive the sounds of the past 40 years with performers on the main stage.

Sunday’s show was blighted by poor weather, as rain showered down almost constantly from 1pm onwards.

Although this meant the Fairkytes Stage did not open all day, the main stage was a totally different story.

S Club Party performed on the main stage on the second day of the Havering Show.S Club Party performed on the main stage on the second day of the Havering Show.

Hardcore dancers jived beneath a plethora of colourful umbrellas throughout the day, as Reservior Mods brought the sounds of The Jam and other 70s legends to life, ending their time on stage with the eternal crowdpleaser Town Called Malice.

Next up was musical legend Phil Fearon, who got the entire crowd moving along to the sounds of his band Galaxy’s greatest hits after being delayed slightly in traffic getting to the show.

Curiosity Killed the Cat then brought their own unique rhythms to the party, before R’n’B heartthrob trio Heatwave signed off the almost waterlogged first day with a flourish.

Thankfully for us, Mother Nature was a bit kinder on day two.

The 2018 Havering Show. Andrew Browning's George Michael tribute act.The 2018 Havering Show. Andrew Browning's George Michael tribute act.

Acoustic guitarist Aaron Norman kicked off the show with his simple but heart-warming renditions before A Little Respect, a tribute act to synthopop duo Erasure, livened up the stage.

This isn’t exactly my kind of music I have to admit but watching everyone dancing around me and singing along, I was just about the only one.

They were then followed by popular George Michael tribute act Andrew Browning, rock and pop cover band Expose and Baby D who got everyone screaming the lyrics to Let Me Be Your Fantasy.

But headline act S Club Party was by far the highlight of the day.

From Reach for the Stars to Never Had a Dream Come True, the trio, made up of Tina Barrett, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O’Meara got the crowds jumping, dancing and singing their hearts out and I was no different.

The park was filled with nostalgia as they performed some of their best loved songs and finishing off two great days of music.

Bring on next year!

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