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Thousands flock to Rovers FanZone

27 June 2016

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The Rovers FanZone was enjoyed by thousands of music and football fans as it played an integral role in the success of Saturday's Countryside Comes To Town festival.

Spread at multiple locations around Blackburn town centre, the event created a great buzz among the thousands that turned out specially to witness it, with a drum workshop from McNally Music Tuition, the Clitheroe Ukelele Band and a ballet performance featuring children from the DAPA Centre drawing the largest crowds of the day to the Rovers FanZone stage.

Between each act, visitors were treated to some Rovers-themed chat and news updates, as well as receiving a variety of great free gifts and prize giveaways from the club's merchandise range.

The Community Trust's Penalty Shoot Out Challenge also proved to be a great draw, as players of all ages flocked in their hundreds to try and find out how fast their penalties travel.

Adrian Ward, who hosted the FanZone stage throughout the day, felt that the concept was a great boost for both the club and town alike, explaining: "It was a pleasure to see so many people drawn to our FanZone stage, with plenty of Rovers supporters proudly turning up in their replica shirts. Countless other local residents will also have seen the way that we've supported this initiative to boost trade and create a feelgood factor within our town.

"The event was particularly well supported by young families, so it was a welcome boost to be able to reinforce a positive message about Blackburn Rovers to them all and we sent everyone away with a smile on their face thanks to all the great Rovers goodies we gave away.

"There were also regular opportunities to promote our season ticket message to everyone passing the FanZone, with plenty of people picking up season ticket application forms from the information stall we set up.

"To cap it all off, we've made some solid new connections with ambitious establishments within the town, not least McNally Music Tuition, who supplied the majority of the superb acts who appeared on stage, so we've made friends in new places that will stand us in good stead for the future."

Those who enjoyed the offering from the Rovers stage can look forward to more of the same fun prior to each home game in the forthcoming season, with the Fosters FanZone stage located opposite the Roverstore at the Blackburn End of the ground, showcasing local talent in the fields of music, dance, sport and much more.

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