THERE is just one week to go before Northwich turns totally tropical, holding its first ever Pina Colada Festival.

The town will pay homage to the world famous cocktail and the man who made it a household name with his 1979 hit "Escape (The Pina Colada song).

Rupert Holmes may not be a name on everyone's lips, but the award winning songwriter and composer was born in the town in 1947 before emigrating with his family to live in America as a child.

The action gets underway next Saturday (August 21) at 12noon with further details of the venues involved now confirmed by organisers, including Northwich BID.

There will be Caribbean Fusion street performances, which will take place at three different locations within the town centre.

The first of these will begin at 12noon at Barons Quay, with additional performances on Witton Street at 2pm and at Apple Market Place at 3.30pm.

Northwich Guardian: Details of the festival have been confirmed

Details of the festival have been confirmed

Apple Market Place - the town's new outdoor space that was designed for events like this - will also host lives music, including Summer Vibes from 12pm and seven piece Salsa band at 1pm and 3pm. As well as live music and street performances, Apple Market Place will also be the location for a pineapple backdrop, with everyone encouraged to take a selfie on the day.

With the Pina Colada cocktail being at the forefront of the day, plenty of the town's bars are taking place, with them all likely to provide their own special twist to the classic drink.

Venues taking part include - Wildwood, The Bullring NW, The Swinging Witch, Revival Bar, The Bird and Hat, The Salty Dog, Quayside, Barons Lounge, Temple Bar, Grape and Bean, The Witton Chimes, The Penny Black and The Salthouse.

There will also be free face painting for children between 12-4pm.

Proud Northwich man Tom Barrow, who came up with the idea for the festival when he discovered Rupert Holmes' links to the town.

He said: "I'm ecstatic for how things have developed towards the festival," Tom said.

"It’s been a true collaborative effort from everyone behind the scenes and all the businesses involved.

"All the positivity and support has been fantastic.

"After a few difficult months, I’m looking forward to the town finally having something to celebrate and to be proud of.

"It’s the first ever festival so we’re going need as much local support as possible.

"So please come down and get yourself a cocktail or two.

"Let’s finally all raise our glasses to the man himself - Rupert Holmes and hope everyone has an amazing time."