TWO castles will provide the backdrop for a unique night of music this summer.
Hawarden Cricket Club will play host to their Proms in the Park event in the grounds of the Gladstone Estate in Hawarden.
A mixture of classical, rock and pop music will be performed between the ruins of the medieval Hawarden Castle and the Gladstone family’s 18th Century Hawarden castle home.
The event, which is being held to raise funds for a pavilion being built on the cricket club’s new ground, will be a first in more ways than one.
Cricket club chairman Jon Merrick said: “They’ve never had proms in the park before and I’m pretty sure it’s unique in Wales for a cricket club to hold such a large musical event.”
Over 1,000 people are expected for the outdoors event which will take place on Saturday, July 19.
Performers already confirmed include Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cool Blues rock band and singing duo Jenna and Paul Unplugged.
Students from Hawarden High school will also be on hand to entertain visitors with music when gates open at 4.30pm with the concert itself planned to begin at 6pm.
Chester Philharmonic Orchestra supported by players from the Cambrian Orchestra will perform from 8pm with all the classics from the last night of the Proms
Hawarden Cricket Club is moving from its current home on the Gladstone Estate to their new home at Moor Lane in Hawarden and need to find £300,000 to pay for the pavilion.
Mr Merrick thanked Sir William Gladstone for allowing the club the use of his castle, gardens and park to host the event which he said would be a one-off.
“It’s a chance in a lifetime,” he said
Ticket prices are £30 for general admission or £70 for a VIP ticket which includes drinks and canapés in the castle. Entry is £10 for under 16s and hamper options are also available.
Visitors can bring their own food and refreshments or can purchase food and drink on site.
For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.hawardenpark.play-cricket.com or call 01244 534807. Tickets are limited.
l As part of further fundraising efforts, members are also rolling up their sleeves and in June will be paddling or walking 75 miles from Chester to Birmingham along the canal system.
The club also has a Buy a Brick scheme through which individuals or organisations can purchase bricks at £25 or £60 and have their name built into the fabric of the new building.
Anyone who wants to buy a brick, get involved or sponsor those doing the challenge can contact the club at www.hawardenpark.play-cricket.com or call Jon Merrick on 01244 534807.