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Town gets set for its summer party; DAY OUT IN THE PARK WILL BE A GREAT TREAT FOR WHOLE FAMILY.

BEDWORTH is ready to rock in the park tomorrow under the banner of a summer party affectionately known as Bedrock.

Scores of families are expected to flock to the Miners' Welfare Park to lap up the 'yabba dabba doo' atmosphere of the annual event, which is more about fun than it is about the cartoon characters, the Flintstones.

Bedrock is the fictional home town of the Flintstones, but there will be nothing Stone Age about tomorrow's seven-hour romp.

Organisers say it will be the perfect day out for all the family, starting on the skate park at 10am with DJ music followed by a free skate session between 11am and noon, supported by live bands.

Tim Norton, the borough council's events and publicity officer, said: "Between noon and 2pm there will be skateboard, blade and BMX competitions, followed by another free skate session at 2pm."

The gala field programme will be opened at noon by the mayor, Cllr Pat Henry, and will feature - back by popular demand - The Van Buren Illusion Spectacular.

The group has just returned from a round-the-world cruise, and will be making a welcome return to Bedworth with two shows as part of their UK tour featuring numerous Las Vegas-style illusions.

Mr Norton said: "Running and presenting the show is Andrew Van Buren who continues his family tradition of entertainment and illusion.

"Andrew has appeared on numerous television shows worldwide as well as making the new Jaguar XJ car magically appear for its grand launch."

steve.evans@mrn.co.uk

Something for everyone...

OTHER main arena events include the Phoenix Drum and Bugle Corps, Nuneaton Dog Training Club Display Team, John the Juggler, NB Leisure Trust sports tasters and a Companion Dog Show in aid of the mayor's appeal.

Tim Norton said: "Among the dog show categories are smiley face, waggiest tail and longest coat, to name but a few."

A number of charity stalls, sideshows and children's rides have also been invited to attend as well as quad bikes, donkey rides and refreshments.

Entry to the Bedrock event is free, with the arena events running through until 5pm.

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