Music festival at Portsmouth pub raises £12,000

GIG Drakefest at The Admiral Drake pub in Portsmouth.   Picture: Sarah Standing (122255-9813)
GIG Drakefest at The Admiral Drake pub in Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (122255-9813)

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A POPULAR music festival held in the car park of a North End pub raised a massive £12,000 for charity.

As reported, Drakefest brought thousands of music lovers to the Admiral Drake pub’s car park, on Kingston Crescent, to see the 21 bands performing at the three-day event.

All funds raised through the festival will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care, Brain Tumour Research, and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

It was organised by a group of volunteers in memory of their friend Mandy Sharpe. She was a regular when she was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

The pub-goers organised a small rock festival to raise money for cancer charities to show their support after her diagnosis.

Mandy died shortly after the first festival and her friends have continued to host the event every year since in her memory.