Live music fans raise thousands at Drake Fest

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A FUNDRAISING music festival raised more than £14,000 for good causes.

The Admiral Drake’s annual Drake Fest was a huge success again this year, attracting hundreds of people over three days.

Landlord and landlady Simon and Karen Hughes threw the fourth annual music festival to raise money for four charities.

Twenty-six local bands performed for free while dozens of the regulars at the pub, which is on the Rudmore roundabout in Stamshaw, Portsmouth, volunteered to help ensure the event was as successful as previous years.

On Sunday cheques will be presented to all four charities – CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care and the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Mr Hughes said: ‘It’s a great feeling to be able to give these charities a slice of the money we raised.

‘We made even more money than last year and we are already planning next year’s Drake Fest.’

There will be a barbecue, a bouncy castle and live music from Dog House Trio on Sunday from 2pm.

The cheques will be presented to the four charities at about 4pm.