Popular South Shields festival to host its last event

Natalie Lacselles, kneeling front with Abigail Carr (5), is hosting her final Rosie Fest event at The Holborn Rose and Crown, South Shields. Pictured with Natalie are l-r members of headliners Rivelino, Graham Todd, Neil Todd and Barry Pike, manager at the Rose and Crown Karen McKellar, singer Jen Stevens, Pat and Mick Lacselles. 5-year-old Abigail is running a stall selling fancy dress goods.
Natalie Lacselles, kneeling front with Abigail Carr (5), is hosting her final Rosie Fest event at The Holborn Rose and Crown, South Shields. Pictured with Natalie are l-r members of headliners Rivelino, Graham Todd, Neil Todd and Barry Pike, manager at the Rose and Crown Karen McKellar, singer Jen Stevens, Pat and Mick Lacselles. 5-year-old Abigail is running a stall selling fancy dress goods.

An annual music event which has raised thousands of pounds for charity will take place for the final time this year.

Rosiefest - held at the Holborn Rose and Crown - was first launched seven years ago by Natalie Lacselles.

Gutted it’s the last year, due to it’s success over the years and the charities it has helped.

Natalie Lascelles

Since then, it has become a much-loved event with numbers of those enjoying the music and activities increasing year on year.

However, since the death of landlord Bob Overton, earlier this year, Natalie has decided that this one will be her last.

The event kicks off on Saturday June 30 at 3pm, will feature music by Jen Stevens and headlined by Rivelino.

Money raised during the day will be donated to Cancer Connections, Mind, Alzheimer’s and Daft as a brush.

Natalie said: “We are hoping to make this the biggest and the best one yet. With Bob passing away, no one knows what is going to happen to the pub in the future.

“Gutted it’s the last year, due to it’s success over the years and the charities it has helped.

“This is our final one and it’s in memory of Bob who used to hide upstairs and moan when it was on but he secretly loved it and it couldn’t have went ahead without him.

“So many people have helped with the event over the years it’s been unbelievable, I’m so thankful to each and everyone.

“Money has also been donated anonymously so I can actually put on the event, I feel so humbled and as I could not do it without them.

“It’s always a fantastic atmosphere every year.”

The event was started seven years ago, as a way of Natalie to deal with the anxiety she was suffering from, with cancer being a trigger.

Natalie added: “Instead of running from that fear I decided to raise money for cancer charities as well as raise awareness for mental health.”

The event is free to enter, however, donations to the causes are welcome.