THE crowds came out and the sun shone down on GlastonBeoley for another spectacular fundraising festival of music and more.
The start was delayed while the sound system crew waited for the rain to clear before the choir from Beoley First School took to the stage and got the show on the road.
“At the time we had no real power to speak of but they belted out two brilliant songs and got a fantastic round of applause and the sound came out – I really think it was all down to them,” said Debbie Joynes, who helped organise the event.
In all there were 38 acts on stage across three venues, plus loads of childrens’ activities, a drum clinic, poetry workshop and the brilliant Bromsgrove Ukulele Club.
All the bands gave their time for free and with a host of backers including Oakland International, Higgs and Co, Courtyard Music, Duchy Homes and C+G Scaffolding it is hoped they’ll truly smash last year’s bumper total of £10,000 raised for good causes.
“We haven’t got the final figures yet but there were more people than last year,” said Debbie, who paid tribute to all those who helped.
“My feet are killing me, my back is painful but my heart is full of love. Thank you to all who helped.
“The weather was really unkind to us initially and the sound crew were so calm about it all but I know underneath they were stressed to the max.
“And in a weird way in the end the weather helped us because it really brought everyone together.”
This year’s chosen charities for GlastonBeoley are Redditch Nightstop, Charlotte and Craig’s Saving Hearts Foundation, Inspire – Winyates and the anti-bullying charity the Sophie Lancaster Foundation