Jam event is back in town

The Kimberley Jam
The Kimberley Jam

A big annual music event in Kimberley is set to return to the town this weekend.

The Kimberley Jam – which has raised XX for a local charity over the last two years – is back tomorrow, Saturday June 18, and organisers say it will be bigger and better than ever.

There will be live music, entertainment and fun at venues across the town, attracting music acts and fans from across the county.

The event raises money for the Ryan Lee Trust Fund.

There will be music at six pubs – The Nelson and Railway, The Gate, Lord Clyde, The Stag, The White Lion and The Royal Oak in Watnall.

There will be music on the Ian Campbell Stage on Toll Bar Square and Kimberley Cricket Club and alongside the main venues, the streets will be full of music throughoutthe day, with busking around the town, notably in Sainsbury’s foyer.

Entertainment will commence on Toll Bar Square at 12 noon where there will be children’s entertainment and food stalls until 5pm. The festival will get into full flow in the pubs early afternoon.

The original seeds were sewn for the Kimberley Jam with the demise of the town’s pram race.

“We needed something to take its place and bring a little life back to our town”, recalls organiser and founder, Graham Cooke.

“I spoke about the idea with Ian ‘Jock’ Campbell literally a few days before he passed away and he was instrumental in its conception.”

Jock was a well-known and respected figure in the community who was central to events such as the pram race.

Last year saw the Kimberley Jam make huge strides towards achieving Jock’s vision and included, for the first time, the Ian Campbell Stage on the Square.

The event is backed by Broxtowe Borough Council and Kimberley Town Council.

Lead organiser and local musician, Bainy, said he had been amazed by the success of the event to date.

“Last year was truly phenomenal and I’ve never seen so many people in Kimberley. I was overwhelmed by the hundreds of people who took to the streets and pubs. The town was buzzing and good humoured throughout.”

The Ryan Lee Trust provides support to children and teenagers with cancer.