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PICTURE SPECIAL: Boldon Bandfest is a smash hit

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MUSIC lovers in South Tyneside rocked out to raise cash for charity.

The annual Boldon Bandfest was held at The Travelling Man pub in West Boldon on Saturday.

For the fourth year running, bands from across the region performed to boost coffers for St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow and Brain Tumour Research UK.

Davey Guy, the pub’s owner, said: “It was brilliant. I’d say throughout the course of the afternoon and evening at least 700 people must have turned out.

“Everyone had a great time.”

Albino Crocodiles, The Mutts, Sound Cartel, Troy Wonder Love and The Sicknotes, Suedehead and Kansas City Shuffle all gave up their time to entertain crowds during the festival, which ran from 3pm to 11pm.

Despite a sudden downpour at about 5pm, the event was a great success.

Mr Guy, who has been manager of the Newcastle Road pub for the last five years, said: “There was a bit of a downpour, but thankfully that only lasted about 15 minutes and then everything carried on as normal.

“We decided to raise cash for the two charities because St Clare’s helps a lot of people, and cancer affects a lot of people.

“I’ve lost family members myself, so it’s something that’s close to my heart. A family member of someone in the Albinos has had a brain tumour too, so we decided to help both causes.”

Each of the bands had 50 tickets, which cost £5 each, to sell, while punters could also buy them from the pub on the day.

Mr Guy has yet to count up all the proceeds, but he’s hoping to beat last year’s figure of £1,500.

He said he’d like to thank Just Group Security, Pretty Privies, Fairbairn Marquee Hire, Marine Scaffolding, plus John and Lee from The Westminster pub in Sunderland, for giving their services free or at discounted rates

He said: “It probably won’t be until the end of the week that I have the official amount raised, but I am hoping we will beat last year’s figure.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event, and also to the companies who helped out as they either gave up their time for free or gave us discounts.”

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