Sunday, 26th October 2014

Three days of gigs as festival expands

ORGANISERS of a charity music festival in Market Drayton are asking councillors for £6,000 to help stage this year’s event, which is being billed as the biggest yet.

About 2,000 people are expected to attend the fourth annual Rock ‘n’ Bowl event from June 2 to 4.

It supports various local charities, including the Poppy Appeal, and will be held over three days for the first time this year to mark the Queen’s jubilee.

The event has enabled charities to raise £10,000 over the past three years. Now organisers have applied to Market Drayton Town Council for a grant to help meet its estimated £15,000 running costs.

The town council’s community and governance committee was due to consider the application at its meeting last night.

Outgrown

Organiser Laurence Payne said the event outgrew the Coach and Horses pub in Shropshire Street – 300 revellers had to be turned away last year as the venue reached capacity.

Instead it will be held at the picnic area beside the town’s swimming centre.

Mr Payne said because the town council appears not to be planning its own jubilee celebration, organisers are hoping civic leaders will be able to pledge some funds towards the festival instead.

He said: “The festival has been free for the last three years and now we are trying to continue something fantastic, but we cannot put it on for free this year.

“We really hope the festival is something that lasts in the town for years.”

The festival is to begin on June 2 when Queen tribute band QEII headline a concert called Diamond Rock with tickets priced £12.

For details visit www. rockandbowlfestival.com