Swan’s songs are £1k hit for charity
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