Golden line-up for Beck­yFest

Fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val will show­case a wealth of home­grown mu­si­cal tal­ent

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The launch of Beck­yFest – a new fam­ily-friendly event at Bea­cons­field High School on July 15 – has ev­ery­one talk­ing as the school looks to cel­e­brate its 50th an­niver­sary.

The in­au­gu­ral event came about as the head and gov­er­nors were keen to find a way to thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

The line-up boasts top tal­ent, in­clud­ing head­liner Ben McKelvey fresh of the back of an arena tour sup­port­ing 80s favourites Wet, Wet, Wet play­ing a home­town show, es­pe­cially af­ter we’ve been on the road this year all around the coun­try.

He said: “I’m re­ally ex­cited to play Beck­yFest. It’s lo­cal for me and my band so it’s great to be “We’ll be play­ing some new songs from my al­bum that came out ear­lier this year too. A lot of the bands on the bill that night I’ve had the plea­sure of play­ing with be­fore, so it will be good to see some old friends. Should be a great night.”

Also on the bill is the school’s own Con­nie Craven, who left the school last year and has joined forces with tal­ented gui­tarist, Char­lie Sin­clair, to form the Su­garHouse band.

Con­nie said: “We’re both so ex­cited to play at Beck­yFest. There have been count­less mem­o­ries set in Becky High, so it’s go­ing to be such a nos­tal­gic day for me, and I ex­pect for a few oth­ers.

“I saw Run­ning Guns with my old band about a year ago, so I’m ex­cited to see them again and I’m thrilled Ben McKelvey’s play­ing.”

Also on the bill are Oli Coates, The Run­ning Guns, Salt, The Makarov Scheme, Steph Wil­lis, Le­gacy and Strike One.

The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture face-paint­ing, henna tat­too­ing, gi­ant in­flat­able ob­sta­cle course, a bar­be­cue and bar.

As part of the 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions the school has also planned a re­union on Satur­day Septem­ber 17 for staff and for­mer pupils.

Head­teacher Rachel Smith said: “I feel very priv­i­leged to be part of these cel­e­bra­tions.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity not only to look back with fond­ness but also to look for­ward to the fu­ture.

“Al­ready the school has un­der­gone ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment this year – new roofs, new in­ter­nal light­ing, new hall win­dows and soon, a brand new re­cep­tion area trans­form­ing the front en­trance to the school.

“Along­side the many ways to cel­e­brate, we are build­ing three new sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries to help sup­port the su­perb learn­ing in this school.

“We can’t wait to share our good for­tune with our for­mer stu­dents and all of those fam­i­lies who have been, will be or re­main part of this re­mark­able school.”

Beck­yFest takes place from 4pm to 10pm. For in­for­ma­tion con­tact mbe­nato@ya­

Visit www.beck­yfest. and fol­low @ beck­y_fest on Twit­ter for more in­for­ma­tion.

Beck­yFest is spon­sored by Winkworth and Wheels V.T.

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