Record numbers flocked to an annual festival at a local cricket club in Altrincham this year, raising thousands for good local causes.

Bowdonbury Festival 2023 has been hailed as a massive success after revellers packed into Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club over the weekend of May 20 and 21.

The hotly anticipated celebration event returned to the club for its third successive year with a line-up of more than 156 performers on the main stage over the weekend and a hefty programme of acts and attractions.

Disco royalty, Boney M featuring Maizie Williams, took to the main stage for an "unforgettable" performance on Saturday which was supported by the X Factor winner, Steve Brookstein.

A family-friendly day was then staged on Sunday which included a celebration of award-winning opticians, Maskell and Josephson, who have been in Altrincham at the Regent Road site for 40 years.

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The #EyeFest supported the Altrincham vs Cancer appeal which fundraises for The Christie in Manchester, helping to boost the appeal over its £10,000 target.

Meanwhile, youth performers and local musicians also had the opportunity to show off their talents to the crowds who soaked in two days of sunshine and live entertainment over the two-day festival.

Away from the stage festivities, festival-goers enjoyed a host of attractions across the weekend including food stalls from local vendors, funfair stalls, rides, giant inflatables and charity displays.

Max Eden, who organises Bowdonbury Festival and ensures all profits go to support the Bowdon club and charities, including Blood Bikes and Andy's Man Club, said: "This was our third annual event, and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with record attendance numbers across both days.

"The sun shone and everyone loved the amazing live music, headlined by the legendary Boney M feat Maizie Williams, along with the wide range of family-friendly entertainment on site.

“I’m absolutely delighted that due to the generosity of both our sponsors and partners and our loyal festivalgoers, this year’s event has managed to support not just Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club but also so many other great charities and causes too.”

The festival was sponsored by Benchmark Security Group with partners including Maskell and Josephson Opticians, McHale Solicitors and Happy Radio UK. 

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