Yee-ha! Rockin’ Roadrunner’s wild west themed day takes over Northampton park

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.
The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

A bucking bronco, a Dolly Parton tribute and more than a few rounds of welly wanging kept the crowds entertained as hundreds enjoyed a wild west themed day in Northampton.

The Rocking Roadrunner’s annual free festival saw a host of stalls, bands and fun games installed on Abington Park for the day.

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

Among the acts taking to the bandstand there were Taylor’d Country and an entertaining tribute act to the queen of country, Dolly Parton.

Hot dogs and nachos were served from authentic wild west stagecoaches and teepees, while more than £4,000 was raised for the Rockin’ Roadrunner club via a popular raffle and cake stall.

Organiser Christine Whiley, mum of Radio Two presenter Jo Whiley, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and we had hundreds and hundreds come to the park and the weather was even good.”

The Rockin’ Roadrunner club founded by Mrs Whiley is a quarterly night that allows adults with disabilities to enjoy a nightclub in a safe environment.

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

The events feature live bands, DJs, performers and tribute acts at the Roadrunner on Lady’s Lane and see between 300 and 400 attend.

The club also runs the yearly festival, which helps to raise money for local disability charities and organisations, as well as art workshops and lessons in DJ-ing.

The annual Roadrunner festival is sponsored by The National Lottery, Cube Disability, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Jackson Grundy Estate Agents.

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The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.

The wild west came to Abington Park for the Rockin' Roadrunner's annual festival.