Liverpool's annual Out Of The Blue festival to take place at Everton Park in memory of Joseph Lappin
Thousands of people are expected to attend a musical festival in memory of a murdered teenage cadet.
The free Out Of The Blue event will be held at Everton Park on Saturday with the aim of helping to create a positive image for the area.
Now in its fourth year, the festival – run by West Everton Community Council (WECC) and other partners – has grown in strength and quality, with last year’s event attracting nearly 3,000 people from across the city.
The original Out Of The Blue festival was held to celebrate the new Everton Park 21 years ago.
It was given new impetus following the murder of Joseph Lappin in October 2008.Joseph was just 16 when he was stabbed to death in outside the Shrewsbury youth club, close to Everton Park.
Four years ago volunteers relaunched the festival in memory of the Army cadet.
Paula Kearns, of WECC, said: “Last year will take some beating but this year will hopefully see the festival grow to a new level – we may even go as far as topping that day back in 1991.”
Families will come together for the Blue Run at 11.30am followed by hours of music, including performances by Johnny O’Connell and members of West Everton Super Strings and West Everton Children’s Orchestra.
Samba Beat, Caldera, Stigblag and Broken Both Ways will also feature, along with the last performance of Gerry Harrison’s Jazz Band.
There will also be arts and crafts, sport activities, stalls, face painting, workshops and more at the China Street site until 7pm.
Festival organiser Adam Byrne said: “I was just 15 when I went along to the original Out Of The Blue Musical festival in 1991"
“The atmosphere was amazing as thousands of people danced the evening away to Oceanic.
“We resurrected it again in 2009 and iIt is growing from strength to strength.”
For more information contact Paula Kearns, West Everton Community Council, Bute Street on 0151-282 0303.