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Norfolk Concert Preps While Radio Broadcast to Follow

Friday 12 June 2009 @ 17:54 - GMT

''The Rocket Man is about to fly in to Norfolk - and about 15,000 people are excitedly waiting to welcome him,'' the EDP has noted.

Elton will play in the grounds of Holkham Hall, near Wells, on Sunday at a picnic-style concert. He returns to the county four years after an appearance at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground.

Lord Coke, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the estate and its hall, said: It is amazing that Holkham is to host a concert by such a worldwide star as Sir Elton John. We said last year that we were not putting on open air concerts because we couldn't get the performers of the quality we wanted and I think that Elton John's show vindicates that view.

The gig - taking place to the north of the hall to the far side of the cricket pitch - gets underway at 5 p.m. when former Coronation Street actor-turned singer Richard Fleeshman takes to the stage for the opening set.

Elton is due on at about 6 p.m. and will entertain the crowds over the next two-and-a-half hours with a selection of his classic hits.

The concert takes place within the stunning surroundings of Holkham Hall. The actual concert venue will be to the north of the Hall, to the far side of the cricket pitch.

Tickets will be available on the day from the event box office (access only from the south and west car parks) priced at £60 and they can only be paid for with cash.

Concert-goers are advised to follow the yellow AA signs which will direct them into the park from approach roads to the village. There will be three entrance and exit gates, North, South and West, all clearly sign-posted on the approach roads. Drop-offs and pick-ups and vehicles for VIPs and for disabled parking must enter the park by the North gate in Holkham village

Access to the park will be from noon, and the concert arena will be open from 3 p.m. Car parking is free,

Parking stewards will direct car drivers to designated free parking areas within the park.

People are advised to bring their own chairs and rugs. The furthest distance one will have to walk with chairs and picnic hampers is about 600 metres.

Windbreaks, tented structures and gazebos will not be allowed into the arena.

For security reasons, metal cutlery, knives, glasses will not be permitted in the concert arena although bottles of wine and champagne will be allowed. Bag searches will take place at the entrance to the arena. People can take in plastic cutlery and plastic drinks containers.

To ensure that everyone can see the performers on stage there will be three large screens set among the auditorium.

Although taking photographs for personal use is allowed, there will be restrictions on 'professional' cameras being used.

Supt Dave Marshall, responsible for police cover in North Norfolk, said: We will have eight police officers on duty on the day and we have contingency plans in the event of any sort of anti-social behaviour incidents happening at the venue or its surroundings.

After the show, BBC Radio Norfolk will broadcast a special show featuring tracks from the concert and a phone-in for listeners to call with their experiences and thoughts about the show.

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