Waterlooville Music Festival set to remember Jules with concert

TRIBUTE Jules Shepherd was a great supporter of the Waterlooville Music Festival
TRIBUTE Jules Shepherd was a great supporter of the Waterlooville Music Festival
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ORGANISERS of a music festival will remember one of their supporters during nine days of concerts.

The Waterlooville Music Festival begins on Saturday with a fete at St George’s Church, live music throughout the town centre and a dance party at the church in the evening.

But the event will be tinged with sadness as one of the biggest supporters of the festival died in January.

Jules Shepherd, 47, was an active member of the committee which helped organise the festival.

The mum-of-two died of breast cancer, just a month after being diagnosed.

Father Mike Sheffield, from St George’s Church, which is hosting the festival, said: ‘Jules was a great supporter of all sorts of things at the church and was very heavily involved in the children’s work and the music festival.

‘She was absolutely lovely. A very bubbly person, right up until the end. Her life was devoted to looking after her two little girls.’

The Rowans Hospice’s Moonlit Memories Walk often falls on the spectacular finale of the festival – the Last Night of the Proms.

Mrs Shepherd, from Purbrook, would lead out a group to take part in the walk to applause from the audience.

Fr Sheffield said: ‘This year the people doing the walk have called themselves Team Jules and will be walking in her memory.’

This is the sixth year of the festival and it will feature 52 concerts – many taking place in the church.

The Last Night of the Proms is sold out but other top lunchtime and evening concerts include Bollywood Experience, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, school concerts, and the Hampshire Police Band.

Waterlooville Business Association is behind Market Place Music – 24 free concerts which take place on Saturday in venues throughout the town centre.

Highlights include Spinnaker Brass Band, Denmead Brass, the Salvation Army Band and a concert by Horndean Technology College.

To find out more and to buy tickets go to stgeorgesnews.org/wmf or pop into All Mobility in Wellington Way.

The 12-mile Moonlit Memories Walk takes place at Castle Field, Southsea on June 18. To register go to rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9225 0001.