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Three-day event raises £30,000

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 11, 2013

  • Triplefest 2013 by James Jebson

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A THREE-DAY event has raised in the region of £30,000 for charity.

The sun shone for the whole of this year's Triplefest at Heaton House Farm, which saw a record year with thousands of people attend the charity events running across August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The three day event, at the venue in Rushton Spencer, near leek, kicked off on the Saturday night with a comedy and variety night, in the form of the Big Tent Event. The audience were certainly not disappointed as the secret line-up was revealed to include Stu Francis, from Crackerjack, sensational singers Helen England and John, as well as Kieran Powell a hilarious ventriloquist and the astounding comedy from Donimo the silent comedian.

Triplefest organiser Mick Heath said: "The sun shone and the show itself has been wonderful and better than ever.

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"By not revealing the line up before the event, the audience were extremely excited to see which acts were in store."

After a perfect start, the entertainment continued on the Sunday afternoon with Welly Fest. Returning for it's fifth year, the beer festival began with a five a-side football tournament.

As the crowd got warmed up cheering on their favourite team, Bayern Red Lion triumphed to win the coveted trophy. At 4pm, Sounds Tijuana, a tribute band to the great Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, started the live music and the audience began to embrace the festival atmosphere.

Over the next seven hours, the audience enjoyed a wide range of music to entertain all ages. From brass to blue grass, punk to rock and even hint of Irish there was something to everyone to enjoy.

Finally, the weekend concluded with the Country Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the family fun day featured 'The Amazon Equestrienne' stunt riders and the 'Shadow Quest Dog Display Team' and even a agricultural bale wrapping display in the main arena. Both acts proved to be big hits with the public.

Visitor George Clarke said: "It was great to see such variety in the entertainment, particularly for a local event. My grandchildren loved the dog display, but I thought the Bale Wrapping demonstration was especially educating."

There was also a huge range of other attractions throughout the day including outdoor stalls, country crafts, classic cars, car boot sale, trial bikes and country pursuits.

Chairman of the event Nick Hughes said: "The weather hasn't been kind to us in the past few years so it was fantastic to see so many people turn up for the event this year.

"We are eternally grateful to all the volunteers who have helped run the event and it's fantastic to bring the community together to raise money for charity. I think everyone enjoyed a fun filled weekend with the whole family."

The Beer Festival, provided by Wincle Brewery, ran across the whole weekend and offered a wide variety of both dark and pale ales, along with perries, fruit ciders and even pyders. Carol Brown particularly enjoyed the variety of drinks on offer and thoroughly made use of the 'sip before you sup' policy which the event offered.

She said: "'It was fantastic to have such a range of drinks for people to try. My personal favourite had to be the Fanny's Bramble fruit cider."

Under the new branding of Triplefest this year, the weekend proved to be a huge success; with initial figures indicating a profit of £30,000, one of the best in the event's history.

All the money raised goes towards both local and national charities. This years' recipients included Cancer Research UK, East Cheshire Hospice, Donna Louise Trust, Midlands Air Ambulance and the Rushton Home School Association.

After such a successful and fantastic weekend, planning for Triplefest 2014 is already well underway so put the date in your dairies for August 23 - 25, 2014. To purchase early bird tickets online go to www.triplefest.co.uk

Slideshow photographs kindly supplied by James Jebson Photography - www.jamesjebsonphotography.com

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