Music festival boost to flood funds

Members of Wetherby Runners AC and Swimming Club swapped running shoes and swimming goggles for dancing shoes and headed to the Wetherby Sports Association to support the Foodbank Music Festival.

The event was organised to raise money for the running club’s chosen charity this year - Wetherby Foodbank - and provide valuable income to the WSA still coping with the financial consequences of last Decembers floods and it brought in £2,700.

All acts performing had strong links to both outfits and provided a mix of music styles and genres to cater for as many music tastes as possible.

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After a brief word of thanks from Norma Harrington (Trustee of the Foodbank), proceedings were kicked off by Contraband, recently formed for the occasion. They were followed by teenage band Weekend In Campania, whose band members are all students at Wetherby High School who played a set of original songs they had written for their recent successful performance at the Leeds Amp awards.

A mellow set from Graham Matthews, Martyn Smyth, and Malcolm Forsythe followed who played a 60s acoustic set of classic songs. They were joined on stage later by vocalist Sadie Yarwood, a real singing sensation whose talent is just being realised.

The evening was then rounded off by headline act The Bad Daddies, well known on the local beer festival circuit who entertained the audience with an upbeat set that had all the audience rocking with hits from the 70s to the present day.

By the end of the evening ticket sales amounted to £1000, and with bar takings of £1700, the event had surpassed all expectations.

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Two of the event organisers Mike Kendall Smith and Ian Legg stated afterwards: “We are delighted with the support the event has received and the amount of money raised for two local organisations which are a vital part of our local community.

“Given the level of interest the event attracted and following a formal request from the WSA we will give serious consideration to making it an annual event, with plans to make it even bigger to showcase more local music acts next year.”

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