Gig to raise money for skatepark

YOUNGSTERS are being urged to get on down to a gig in Woodbridge to help raise £50,000 to build the town's skatepark. Hooked on Tap, Steel Rhino, The Kabeedies, Legomen, and Pikey Esquire are included in the line-up of bands playing at Woodbridge Community Centre on Friday August 24.

YOUNGSTERS are being urged to get on down to a gig in Woodbridge to help raise £50,000 to build the town's skatepark.

Hooked on Tap, Steel Rhino, The Kabeedies, Legomen, and Pikey Esquire are included in the line-up of bands playing at Woodbridge Community Centre on Friday August 24.

The evening is being organised by Suffolk Coastal's music project Soundwaves and Sk8 Aid - it runs from 8pm to 11pm and admission will be £4.

Suffolk Coastal cabinet member Doreen Savage said: “Sk8 Aid has a target of raising £50,000 to turn the Woodbridge skate park into reality, and this event is another of their efforts to get the project in place. It promises to be a really good night and I hope people of all ages support it by going along.

“Soundwaves is a music project for young people aged 13 to 26 in the Suffolk Coastal area which is backed by this council and has been doing a really good job of encouraging young musical talents of all kinds.”

Supporting young people in their musical endeavours, and helping them to make the most of them, is key to the Soundwaves project. A top of the range sound system and special lighting rig will be installed at the community centre for the gig, which will be recorded by a professional sound engineer so a CD can be made afterwards and put on sale at a later date to raise further funds.

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After hearing about the event, a young T-shirt designer Charles Carter came forward to offer a percentage of his profits from the sales of his T-shirts to the fund, in exchange for Soundwaves providing a space at the gig in order to sell them.

Mrs Savage said: “It is brilliant to see such initiatives being taken in support of this project. Opportunities such as these have been made possible by the link-up between Soundwaves and Sk8 Aid.”

Soundwaves is planning further fundraising gigs across the district in the next couple of months. Details will be on www.suffolksoundwaves.co.uk along with details of workshops in Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Leiston and Saxmundham on all aspects of music technology, dj-ing and playing.

Do you think Woodbridge needs a skatepark? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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