Robin Rockin’ for mini music festival

ROCKIN' ROBIN ... Barry G performs at The Robin Hood's Rockin' Robin Band Festival.
ROCKIN' ROBIN ... Barry G performs at The Robin Hood's Rockin' Robin Band Festival.

A MINI music festival at a South Tyneside pub raised more than £500 for a worthy cause.

Landlord Norman Scott welcomed 10 bands to the stage at the Robin Hood, in Jarrow, for the Rockin’ Robin Band Festival.

The event, which took place on Saturday at the Primrose Hill pub, raised funds for Cancer Research as well as a regular customer who recently suffered a stroke.

The festival saw performances from local bands, including The Last Men On Earth, Suedehead, The Maverick Rejects and Panic Report, as well as a barbecue.

It was overseen by compere Barry G, who also performed.

Norman, 52, said: “It went really well and it was the best atmosphere I’ve seen so far at one of these events.

“The weather was beautiful and everyone just really got in the spirit and had a great time. We’ve got £500 so far and still bits and bobs coming in.

“Everyone was really generous and it’s always fantastic to see people helping others out.

“The whole idea behind these events is that people can have a good time while helping a good cause.”

The event ran to coincide with world-famous festival Glastonbury and is one of two annual concerts Norman runs at his pub.

He also organises Hoodstock in October, a homage to American festival Woodstock.

The gigs are a tradition carried on by Norman from his previous pub, The Clock, in Hebburn.

The Robin also played host to a children’s fun day on Sunday.

Norman added: “The band festival was a great success and so was our children’s fun day on Sunday.

“The kids had complained that they had nothing to do while their parents were watching the World Cup, so we put something together for them.

“Our MP, Stephen Hepburn, and some teachers came down and got in the stocks and the kids pelted them with cream cakes – it was a lot of fun.”

Norman made headlines after decorating the outside of his pub with a flag for every country taking part in the World Cup, and now just eight remain.

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