Festival of music and fun for charity

Eagle Fest - Blue skies fund raiser Kathy Ancell with Brian Rose (back row). Owen and Lucas Fletcher (front)
Eagle Fest - Blue skies fund raiser Kathy Ancell with Brian Rose (back row). Owen and Lucas Fletcher (front)
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A MUSIC festival and family fun day takes place on Saturday to raise money for patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Eagle Fest has been organised at the Golden Eagle in Anchorsholme by a Cleveleys family in memory of a Fylde coast music teacher and is raising money for trust charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund to benefit the Haematology Unit.

Ian Fletcher is arranging the event with sons Lucas, 11, and Owen, eight, in memory of Lucas’ guitar teacher Phil Roberts who died from cancer last Easter.

“We wanted to do something last year because Lucas’ guitar teacher got lymph cancer and he wanted to do something at the school to help but he died before the event took place,” said Ian. “My dad has now been diagnosed with the same cancer and a friend lost his three-year-old recently so we decided to do the event this year and split the money between Blue Skies and Brian House.”

Ian and the two boys are being helped by local two times light-middleweight champion boxer Brian Rose to promote the event.

“Brian has been really supportive,” added Ian. “It’s nice that people like him have got involved and are supporting it.”

Brian said: “I’m pleased to support a charity event like this and it’s great to do something at home. I want to support the local community as much as possible and this cause is close to my heart.”

He will be attending the event and will be signing autographs for fans.

“Phil was in lots of bands himself so it seemed a fitting event to put on and he used to be in one of the bands who are playing at the event,” said Ian. “Cancer affects everyone somewhere at some time so we wanted to get involved and raise some money.

“It’s a real mixture of music. I’m really looking forward to it and praying that the weather will be nice. Everyone is welcome.”

Lucas said: “Last year we did an event and raised about £5,500. All my family and friends loved it last time. Dad decided to call it Eagle Fest this time because we are holding it at the Golden Eagle.”

Eagle Fest starts at noon and will include music from Smokin’ Monkey, Jonny’s Lunchbox, The Jeps, Black Pearl, Jekyll, Happy Daize and Matthew Peill. There will also be a magician and more family entertainment on the day including a bouncy castle and face painting.

For more information or to donate money log on to www.eaglefest.co.uk or follow them at www.facebook.com/Eaglefest.