A TOWN was gripped as thousands watched three tribute acts perform in aid of charity.

People from across the county descended onto the grounds of the Town Hall in Thirsk, North Yorkshire for the 14th Picnic in the Park.

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The festival, which included jazzy performances of songs by Madonna, Abba and Madness, managed to raise money for Action Medical Research and the Freddie's Fight campaign.

The acts included 'Madonna - A tribute by Tasha Leaper' who covered the singer's greatest hits, while Pure Abba performed hits including Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Gimme Gimme Gimme.

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Beyond Madness ended the show with their renditions of the ska band.

A raffle was later held by The Yorkshire Vet Peter Wright and Stray FM's Nick Hancock.

Sue Calvert of Thirsk Action Group, which organised the event, said: “We have been so grateful to be able to put on this event for 14 years at Thirsk Hall, with thanks to the Bell family.

"We are delighted that the success of Thirsk Picnic has grown year on year, helping us to fund more valuable research work at Action Medical Research plus we have given thousands to local charities, and this year we are particularly pleased to be able to give funds to local charity Freddie’s Fight."

  • The festival is expected to return on July 4, 2020.