Chudleigh Town Council
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05 September 2017

Press release - Final serving of Summer Nights in Newton Abbot

As the sun sets on the final Summer Nights’ in Newton Abbot on Saturday 16 September, there’s plenty of enticing street food and locally produced dishes being served up, backed by live music, to encourage people into town.

Summer Nights is a festival of street food across three Saturday nights in Newton Abbot and has been produced by Born Hectic events in partnership with Teignbridge and Newton Abbot Town Council.

To accompany the food and drink, a festival vibe will be created through the return of popular musician Drew Millin. There will also be plenty of children’s activities on offer, including a colouring competition, Lego to play with and win, face painting and free balloons. To make the experience even more relaxing, tables and benches are provided, together with a lovely green ‘lawn’ and brightly coloured ‘garden seating’.

The cuisine fuelled evenings have proven a popular monthly draw through the summer, attracting visitors of all ages keen to sample a great selection of hot and cold food and stay around for entertainment and family activities through the evening.

The events have attracted the support of Newton’s Place – a £2 million project to convert the redundant St Leonard’s Church into a long-awaited community event space and improved museum for Newton Abbot and the neighbouring communities. Team members have attended Summer Nights to share their plans with the public and provide free children's entertainment and competitions.

Stalls will be setting up from mid-afternoon and trading will be from 5pm to 9pm along Courtenay Street. For anyone looking to build up their appetite with a spot of shopping before, free parking will be available from 4pm in non-barriered Teignbridge District Council-owned car parks.

Cllr Doug Hellier Laing, Teignbridge District Council’s executive for economy, skills and tourism, said:

“Everyone is invited to Newton Abbot to join this amazing event for all the family. It’s a great opportunity for meet friends, support local community, listen to live music and have fun.

“The final Summer Nights event is a celebration for the amazing job which has been done by Newton Abbot Town Council, Teignbridge District Council and Born Hectic Events. See you there!”

Nigel Canham from Newton’s Place said:

“The first two Summer Nights have been a great way of meeting with hundreds if not thousands of people, many of whom now have a good idea what the Newton’s Place project means for the town and surrounding communities.

“We look forward to the final evening on 16 September and to spreading the word even further. We'd urge everyone not to miss this last chance of the season as Summer Nights has brought something new and fresh to Newton Abbot and we’re proud to be associated with the initiative. Hats off to all involved and thank you for including us.”

Sally Henley, Newton Abbot Town Development Manager, said:

This is an opportunity for residents and visitors to pop to Courtenay Street for a spot of early evening supper and some of our familiar market traders will be joining in too! What nicer way to spend a summers evening than watching your food being prepared in front of you and to eat it whilst listening to local musician Drew Millin.”

Born Hectic Events said:

“We enjoy working with the Town Council on the Christmas Street Fayres each year and we are very pleased to join forces with Teignbridge District Council on this new summer venture. We hope that residents will support these local traders with as much enthusiasm as they do at Christmas and that they will enjoy these new events.”

Photo courtesy of Katy Jones.