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12th July 2010, 1:59pm
Brayford Pool the backdrop for return of Lincoln Summer Gala
An entertainer at the first Lincoln Summer Gala Lincoln's beautiful Brayford Pool will be the backdrop for a summer spectacular of family-friendly entertainment as the Lincoln Summer Gala returns for 2010.

The city's iconic waterfront will host a range of fun activities, attractions and entertainments designed to bring residents and visitors out in their droves.

The Lincoln Summer Gala 2010 will take place on Saturday 31 July, running from 10am-6pm. The free event is being organised by the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Business Improvement Group. It is supported by the Lincolnshire Echo and Lincs FM.

Last year saw the first ever Lincoln Summer Gala held around the Brayford Pool. The inaugural festival was arranged by local businesses and organisations as a response to the doom and gloom of the economic downturn. It attracted hundreds of visitors and residents to the Brayford Pool area.

Now organisers hope to build on the success of last year's gala and stage an even bigger and brighter range of events in 2010. The fun and games will again be centred around Brayford Wharf North, Brayford Wharf East and the University of Lincoln main campus. Admission is free.

There will be fairground rides, water sports, trampolining and a climbing wall for people who like their activities adrenaline-fuelled. For younger children there will be face-painting, cartoon workshops and a soft-play area.

Local bands will provide musical accompaniment and dance companies will offer high-energy entertainment. Food vendors and the Lincolnshire Farmersí Market will be serving delicious local fayre, while community groups and charities will be offering information about their work.

Lesley Bunn, Events Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: "It's going to be a fun, free, family day out. There will be lots of different events, including live music, fairground rides and a farmers' market, as well as water sports, activities for children and exhibitors from community groups. We hope Lincoln residents and visitors will come along and enjoy spending the day by the Brayford Pool."

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