BANDS in the Park is back.

The popular summer series of concerts returned over the weekend, with dozens flocking to Abbey Park to take in the sounds.

Evesham Town Council, in association with Abbey Park Café and Wychavon District Council, has taken over the running of the event which had taken an “enforced break”.

Councillor Mark Goodge was among those enjoying its return, with the first event paying tribute to the late organiser, Derek Wells.

He said: “It was really great to be at the season opener for Bands in the Park 2023.

“It's taken a lot of hard work to bring it back and I particularly want to thank Sarah Wells for all the time and effort she put into making it happen again this year and, in particular, this fabulous opening day tribute to Derek Wells who was, for many years, the driving force behind Bands in the Park.”

The Evesham Brass Bands in the Park programme 2023 has been supported by Evesham Place Board through Wychavon District Council.

The bands have been funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

There will be performances every Sunday afternoon until the end of August, with the exception of two weekends where major events are taking place in the town.

These weekends are June 25, when it is the National Morris Weekend, and August 6, when the Battle of Evesham Festival takes place.

Performances are expected to start at around 2.30pm and run for two hours, with a short interval.

However, timings may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances and weather may have an impact.