Sun blazes as hundreds turn out for Drakefest festival

BUSY The crowd listens to shotgun smile.     ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112372-8)
BUSY The crowd listens to shotgun smile. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112372-8)
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WITH live music pumping out from three stages and the smell of delicious French food filling the air, Drakefest once again drew hundreds of people – all up for partying for a good cause.

Simon and Karen Hughes, landlords of The Admiral Drake pub, on Rudmore roundabout, in North End, Portsmouth, threw the fourth annual music festival to raise money for four important charities.

FRIENDS From left: Terry Mcgrath, Arron Grosvenor, Carl Boyett , Kirsty Pope.     ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112372-1)

FRIENDS From left: Terry Mcgrath, Arron Grosvenor, Carl Boyett , Kirsty Pope. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112372-1)

From Friday night until last night 26 bands performed inside and outside the venue to cheering crowds of music lovers.

Dozens of the regulars at the pub volunteered to help to ensure the event was as successful of previous years.

John Enderby, a long-term punter at the pub, spent all weekend collecting donations.

He said: ‘I thought last year was good and would be difficult to top but this has surpassed even that.

‘There’s so many people here and they’re being so generous.

‘There’s a lot of goodwill.

‘The sun has been blazing, the music has been fantastic.

‘My highlights were Superfly and Flip Top.’

There was plenty for children to do as well as raffles, craft stalls and a French market.

Last year the festival raised £10,000 and it is hoped to come close to that this year.

The money will be split between CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care and the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Layla Garner, 28, went along with daughter Ellie Mallon, six.

Miss Garner said: ‘We’ve had a great day.

‘We’ve come to watch my step-dad play in his band Tombstone. Ellie has really enjoyed herself.

‘She’s had her face painted and has been having fun with the other children.’

Bands travelled from all over the south to play for free. Many of those in the crowd were sporting Drakefest T-shirts – which are on sale now at the pub.

Mr Hughes said: ‘It’s been a great success. Everyone helping out behind the scenes gives their time for free as well as the bands. We’ve had hundreds of people here and glorious weather.

‘Everyone has had a good time.’