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Drakefest makes more than £10,000 for charity

Landlords Simon and Karen Hughes who were celebrating their 20th anniversary as landlords at The Admiral Drake. Picture: Sarah Standing (141978-5671)

Landlords Simon and Karen Hughes who were celebrating their 20th anniversary as landlords at The Admiral Drake. Picture: Sarah Standing (141978-5671)

MORE than £10,000 was raised for worthy causes at a pub’s annual family-friendly music festival.

The huge amount of cash raised from Drakefest, held at The Admiral Drake, in Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth, will be split between various causes.

They are; Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care, Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal, Sam’s Haven and The Patey Day Centre in Sundridge Close, Cosham, Portsmouth.

The event sees bands take to stages and perform over a weekend.

And this year’s spectacle of music included a kids’ corner with face painting and a bouncy castle.

As previously reported in The News, Drakefest has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities since it began in 2008 and is nearing the £100,000 mark.

It all started after popular Admiral Drake regular Mandy Sharpe-Williams was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

She died in December 2009.

A statement on the pub’s Facebook page said: ‘Thanks to everyone who came to Drakefest, we raised in excess of £10,000 for the charities, give yourselves a pat on the back, and thanks to all the volunteers, bands, bar staff, food and stall holders – it wouldn’t happen without you guys.’

The festival was also a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of landlords Simon and Karen Hughes running the venue.

Meanwhile, beer campaigners will get together next week.

The Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale will be holding its business meeting at The Village Inn, in Botley Road, Park Gate, near Fareham, on Tuesday, July 29, from 8pm.

 

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