Live mu­sic acts bring in more than £7,000

Rev­ellers en­joyed the sun and raised funds for two wor­thy causes

Aldershot News & Mail - - ASH MUSIC FESTIVAL -

than 1,000 peo­ple turned up to the Harper’s Recre­ation Ground in Ash on Satur­day to dance, drink, min­gle and party at the Ash Mu­sic fes­ti­val.

More than £7,000 was raised from the vol­un­teer-run event, which will go to the Phyl­lis Tuck­well Hospice in Farn­ham, as well as CRY, a char­ity which raises aware­ness of Sud­den Adult Death Syn­drome.

Boost­ing the fundrais­ing ef­fort were a team of cy­clists which had set off from Hull two days ear­lier and ar­rived at 1.30pm, clapped onto the stage by the crowd, which formed a guard of hon­our.

“It was an ab­so­lutely mar­vel­lous day,” said Mike Ar­mitage, land­lord of the Lion Brew­ery, which or­gan­ised the fes­ti­val. “It was a very spe­cial day, and I’d like to say a big thank you to every­one in­volved, from the mu­si­cians to our stew­ards and staff. It was a very hard­work­ing day.”

All the live acts, in­clud­ing The Se­rial Thrillers, The Large Por­tion, Asy­lum Af­fair and Lost Lady Luck, per­formed for free.

The fes­ti­val is the cen­tre­piece of a plethora of fundrais­ing com­mit­ments and ini­tia­tives or­gan­ised by Mr Ar­mitage dur­ing the year.

Ev­ery Jan­uary he hosts a grand din­ner in the House of Com­mons, where the money raised over pre­ced­ing months is pre­sented to ben­e­fi­cia­ries. As well as this year’s fes­ti­val char­i­ties, the 75-year-old is also in­volved in an­i­mals, war benev­o­lent and var­i­ous other mil­i­tary char­i­ties.

“All the bands are al­ready talk­ing about next year,” he said, yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

“But I think my wife and I will have a break for a few days now,” he added.

PIC­TURES: PETE GARD­NER AN144514

Chris Fri­day, The Se­rial Thrillers’ drum­mer, bat­ters away at Ash Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

More than 1,000 peo­ple en­joyed the show at Ash Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

More than £7,000 was raised for the Phyl­lis Tuck­well Hospice and CRY.

Carly and Ju­dith Shrubbs en­joy the mu­sic.

Lion Brew­ery bar staff Jo Gale and Leanne Moore run­ning the beer tent.

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