Couple's wedding joy at festival

MUSIC lovers gathered in their thousands for a celebrated annual fundraising event - with one couple even holding their wedding reception there.

MUSIC lovers gathered in their thousands for a celebrated annual fundraising event - with one couple even holding their wedding reception there.

Around 4,500 people went to the successful third year of Kesgrave Music Festival which was filled with live music and entertainment in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

And for newly-weds Caroline Goldsworthy and Andy Hanster, it was a day of celebration.

The couple who had been married in Kesgrave earlier in the day, held their wedding reception in a marquee at the event and according to one of the festival's organiser's Debbie McCallum, they even had their first dance on stage at 3pm.


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She said the couple danced to We Love to Boogie, by T-Rex which was performed by the Glamtastics.

Saturday's all-day event was launched in 2006 in memory of Kate Moyes, who lost her battle with cancer at St Elizabeth Hospice a year earlier at the age of 29.

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It is not known yet how much money has been raised from the event but most of it will go to the hospice, with the remaining sum being donated to East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The fund in Kate's memory currently stands at a fantastic �36,000.

Festival goers heard from a long list of bands on Saturday including The Glamtastics, The Inflatables, Rockface and the Gordon Bennett Band.

A total of 22 bands shared two stages at The Kesgrave Community Centre fields, which were blessed with more sunshine than last year's damp event.

Debbie McCallum, one of the festival's organisers and landlady of The Bell pub in Kesgrave, said: “It was absolutely fantastic and we couldn't have hoped for better weather. The sound was superb and the lighting in the evening was great.

“A lot of people come because they know why we do it. A woman actually came into the pub the week before the festival to say she couldn't make it along but she still made a donation.

“The festival is our way of commemorating Kate's life. She has left a legacy behind for the community.”

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