A RECORD turn out of happy revellers joined in all the fun under the sun at Delph’s legendary Party in the Park last weekend.

And delighted organisers of the blockbusting charity fundraiser praised the appreciative audience and top flight artists who provided a spectacular non-stop show, compared by Mike Sweeney, from BBC Radio Manchester.

Phil Beckwith, the entrepreneurial mastermind behind the event, said: “The day was long - but fantastic.

“The sunshine and great music had the crowd rocking right from the very start through to our 'Proms night' finale with Victor Michael and our very own - Delph band - including a superb firework display.

"Wake up Delph - the volunteer organisation who stage the event to provide funds to 'Put an annual bit of Christmas Sparkle' into the village - think this was probably the biggest crowd we have had.

“It approached 1,800 people and raised a substantial amount of money towards the cause.

“But none of it would happen without the support of Peter Gledhill and everyone at Delph and Dobcross Cricket Club and Martyn Torr, the events director at New Image.

“However, the event’s real success is mainly due to a dedicated team of village volunteers who give heart and soul to the event for days to endure this the showpiece it has become.

“A massive thank you to them all and our loyal and supportive sponsors and corporate guests, who from Day One, have given us brilliant financial support every year.

And of course, the amazing people of Delph Village and Saddleworth for, whatever the weather, you keep up your on- going support. Without you it just would not happen.

The only downside happened after the party ended when a number of top-of-the-range range gazebos were wrecked by bad weather.

Meanwhile, the big lights switch on event in Delph has been scheduled for Delph Saturday, December 7, from 5pm.