Abba tribute concert hits right note

Planet Abba in action in front of a packed tent at the Bourne Festival
Planet Abba in action in front of a packed tent at the Bourne Festival

BOURNE mayor Helen Powell is celebrating after an Abba night she organised to celebrate the jubilee was a huge success.

The mayor approached the Bourne Round Table, which runs the town’s music and beer festival, if she could use its stage to hold a free concert for the town.

Permission was given and Mrs Powell and a number of sponsors paid for Planet Abba to bring Bourne Festival, which ran for four days for the first time, to a close on the final night.

Coun Powell said: “I wanted to put the concert on for the children and families of Bourne as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations going on in the town.

She said she opted for Lincolnshire band Planet Abba because she felt the music would appeal to wide range of people, especially for people who may have differing tastes to the music on offer on the previous nights of Bourne Festival.

“I was deliriously happy with how it went. It was a big thing to do.

“They are most professional and always put on an incredible, amazing show that’s very entertaining with lots of audience participation.

Before Planet Abba took to the stage Bourne group The Conspiracy Club, who were the winners of the festival’s battle of the band competition, played as the support act.

When the time came for the headline act to take the stage, Peter Bannister, artistic director of dance classes for the disabled at Wake House, introduced the band dressed as the Queen.

Coun Powell said: “By eight o’clock the marquee was looking pretty full and by the time they finished it was absolutely heaving.

“We were dancing all night it was absolutely wonderful.”

An Abba fancy dress competition, judged during the interval, was won by Matthew Parlabean, who went on stage to be presented with his prize from Planet Abba.

Coun Powell said: “Thank you to everyone for making the night a brilliant time, especially all the sponsors and the Round Table for letting us use their stage.”