Picture gallery: Party in the Gardens brings Bucks Fizz, Toyah and Rick Astley to Franklin’s Gardens

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor
Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Thousands of people went back to the 1980s for the Party in the Gardens concert at Franklin’s Gardens to mark the end of Northampton Saints’ season.

Some the decade’s biggest acts went on stage on Bank Holiday Monday. Nostalgic stars included Rick Astley, Hot Chocolate, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston formally of Bucks Fizz, Toyah and Katrina (ex of the Waves),

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Speaking ahead of the event, a spokesman said: “It will be a great way to celebrate not just the end of another memorable season for the Saints, but to say a fond farewell to the Sturtridge Pavilion, which is being brought down this coming summer after overseeing nearly 50 years of rugby.

“Party at the Gardens will see us celebrate the end of a spectacular season and bring the curtain down on the Sturtridge Pavilion, a building which has meant a great deal to the club and its supporters over the past 50 years.

“All of the acts who will take to the stage are guaranteed to give us a great time, playing the hits that made them famous, both back in the 1980s and now.”

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor

Party in the Gardens, pictures by Andy Taylor