Drakefest goes down a storm at Portsmouth pub

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  • Drakefest once again goes down a storm at Portsmouth pub
  • Organisers hope to have raised more than £100,000 for worthy causes in last eight years
  • Bands perform all weekend
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THE sound of roaring guitars and drums once again came to a city pub as it laid on its annual Drakefest.

The popular fundraiser at The Admiral Drake, in Kingston Crescent, saw 20 bands perform and sing their hearts out over the weekend.

From left:  Ben Hughes, Christopher Jones, Simon Hughes, Pam Marshall, Lorna Burton, Karen Hughes  and Tilly Tillotson at ''Drakefest

From left: Ben Hughes, Christopher Jones, Simon Hughes, Pam Marshall, Lorna Burton, Karen Hughes and Tilly Tillotson at ''Drakefest

The occasion raises money for various causes - and organisers say the total raised since it began eight years ago is close to reaching £100,000.

This time around cash was given to Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care, Sam’s Haven Charity and Hannah’s Holiday Home.

Landlords Simon and Karen Hughes said it was great to see the community come together.

Simon, 48, said: ‘Everyone loves it. The same people come every year.

It’s a family event, it’s about raising money for local causes.

Admital Drake regular Ian Cripps

‘It’s just grown bigger and bigger.

‘It caters for everyone, it’s a community event.

‘It’s raising money for local causes and all the visitors are local.

‘All the bands and performers given their time for free.’

A bouncy castle, face painting, a magicians show and a ‘rock school’ for young music artists were also in store.

Around 1,500 came over the three-day event, which started on Friday night and finished yesterday.

Bands performed every hour and two stages were set up; one outside and one in the pub.

Admiral Drake regular Ian Cripps, 54, had a great time.

He said: ‘It’s a family event, it’s about raising money for local causes.

‘The music is really diverse.

‘Everyone sees the pub as being as motorbike pub, but there’s music right across the board.

‘There’s always a friendly atmosphere.’

Simon Andrews, 54, of Bishop’s Waltham, helped volunteer by sorting out the car parking arrangements for band members.

He said: ‘I play in a band called Something Else, and it’s the only place we will help out because everything goes back to charity.

‘It’s nice for the bands playing here to be noticed.

‘They like to come and play because it’s a big local festival.’