Jake joins line-up for Eaglefest fund-raiser

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Pint-sized festival fan Jake Bickerstaff is set to be guest of honour at a weekend festival fund-raiser this year.

The youngster amused music fans across the country when, aged just three, his mum, Star, threw a special version of Download Festival for him in their St Annes garden.

Now he has been invited to join the bill for Eaglefest, an annual music festival and family fun day, thrown to raise money for local charities.

The event was first held in 2011 after organiser Ian Fletcher’s son Lucas’s music teacher died from cancer. The nine-year-old wanted to raise money in memory of Phil Roberts, and the first event was such a success it continued.

Now in its fourth year, the festival is bigger and better than ever, this year running over two days.

The event, to be held at the Golden Eagle pub on Warren Drive, Cleveleys on July 19 and 20, will host 20 bands as well as a magician, face painting and games.

Mr Fletcher said: “Eaglefest has proved so popular that this year we’re going for two days. We usually have 12 bands on, but 32 wanted to do it this year.”

And this year the event is raising money for Joe’s Dream To Walk, a fund to pay for the operation and aftercare for four-year-old Joe Knowles, who needs the surgery as he suffers from cerebral palsy.

The operation, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), is not available on the NHS and while the £38,000 needed for it has already been raised, his family, from Bispham, need funds to help pay for his aftercare.

Co-organiser Dave Walsh added: “This year’s Eaglefest event is now aiming to raise as much as we can in order to contribute to the aftercare.”

Among the 32 bands on 
the Eaglefest line-up are Rupert Fabulous, Kudos, The Cobras, Power trip, Shakers Blues Band, Dirty work and Shiver