Festival boost for charity

EVERY penny taken at Saturday's popular Kesgrave Music Festival will go straight to St Elizabeth Hospice, organisers revealed today.

EVERY penny taken at Saturday's popular Kesgrave Music Festival will go straight to St Elizabeth Hospice, organisers revealed today.

The extensive running costs of the ten-hour spectacular have already been met through sponsorship and fundraising, meaning the proceeds of ticket and programme sales will go solely to boosting the coffers of the Ipswich charity.

Meanwhile, bosses at First Eastern Counties buses have once again backed the festival by charging adult gig-goers children's fares on Superoute 66 services on the day.

As well as providing another incentive to enjoy the event, the gesture will also help to ease congestion in and around the town.


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Superoute 66 operates from Ipswich railway station, the town centre, Ipswich Hospital, Rushmere St Andrew, Kesgrave, Grange Farm and Martlesham Heath.

Organiser Debbie McCalum said: “We are very, very grateful First have continued to support us.

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“Hopefully it will encourage people to take the bus into the area rather than using their cars.”

She said the target was to exceed the �10,500 raised at last year's event - and was keeping her fingers crossed for good weather.

She said: “Last year it rained, it was cold and it was hideous but people stayed and enjoyed the day.

“Let's hope the gods shine down on us this year and the gates are buzzing.

“We would ask those who come along to enjoy the festival and respect what we are doing it for.”

The music will begin at noon on Saturday at Kesgrave Community Centre, with the main stage closing at 10pm. A live lounge will feature a series of acts between 1pm and 8.45pm.

Kesgrave Music Festival, first staged in 2006, is held annually in memory of Kate Moyes who died after a brave fight with cancer four years ago. Tickets can be bought in advance from the Bell pub in Kesgrave or hospice shops, and are also available on the day.

Have you or your family benefitted from the care at St Elizabeth Hospice? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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