Swan’s songs are £1k hit for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

APUB has raised more than £1,000 for Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Re­search by stag­ing a mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Around 500 peo­ple turned out for the ‘Swan­load’ fes­ti­val, a cel­e­bra­tion of 10 years of live mu­sic at the Swan With Two Necks on Ch­ester­gate.

The event was or­gan­ised by gui­tarist Andy Hughes – ‘Bleed­ing Hands Andy’ – in mem­ory of land­lady Wendy Smith’s mum, Grace True­man, known as ‘Nanny Grace’, who died of the dis­ease.

A to­tal of 27 acts en­ter­tained the crowds, with F.I.G.M.O from Manch­ester head­lin­ing on Satur­day and Mac­cles­field’s Silent Slave on Sun­day.

Wendy said: “The at­mos­phere was amaz­ing.

“It was just so pos­i­tive, peo­ple couldn’t be­lieve how good it was.

“We hand­picked all the acts from those who have per­formed here over the last ten years.

“Mum would have loved it. She used to sit and watch all the bands, even heavy me­tal.”

She added that she hopes to stage a sim­i­lar event again.

She said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the bar staff and to Andy Hughes who or­gan­ised the event and did the sound for the bands.”

●● Fes­ti­val helpers (from left): Lau­ren Ship­man and Vicky Fairhurst, with land­lady Wendy Smith and bar­maid Emma Ranger

●● ‘Mayo’ per­form­ing at the Swan­load Fes­ti­val

●● Stone Cold Chilli Pep­pers

●● Pat Cur­ley in ac­tion

●● Ben Gorb on stage

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