December 19 2014 Latest news:
Monday, July 28, 2014
More than 20 bands performed in a three-day music festival at the weekend in memory of a Lowestoft schoolgirl who died from a brain tumour at the age of 14.
Ellie Fest, held at The Flying Dutchman in Oulton Broad, was organised in memory of Kirkley High School pupil Ellie Savage in support of the Ellie Savage Memorial Trust, set up in 2003 to help families in East Anglia who have a child with cancer or a brain tumour.
The event, which saw hundreds of people enjoying live music from Friday evening through to Sunday, was organised by Robin Torlot, bass player in the punk pop band Less Than This. Mr Torlot, who used to look after Ellie, her twin sister Cassie and younger sister Natalie at an after-school club, originally planned to organise a one-night charity gig, but as word spread the event snowballed into a three-day event.
He said: “My band started practising at Cafe Studios in Lowestoft which is run by Ellie’s mum Wendy and her husband Lloyd. We got talking and I asked her if I could put on a benefit gig for Ellie.
“I spoke to a few friends and then it went from a couple of bands playing to a whole music festival. It just shows how good the support of the music community is around here.
“We had a real diverse range of bands from heavy rock, to a Blues Brothers tribute band and acoustic sets.
“We had support from lots of local and national businesses who donated raffle prizes and we had a really good turnout over the whole weekend.”
Mr Torlot’s band, who headlined the festival on Friday night, also released a charity single called Push It for the memorial trust earlier this year, which is still available on iTunes. The trust helps local families by providing financial support and has raised more than £300,000.
Wendy Lisantri, Ellie’s mum and chairman of the trust, said: “It was a really nice and thoughtful thing to do. We spent the day at the festival on Saturday and it was so lovely to see so many people who knew us or Ellie showing their support.
“It is really lovely to think that after all these years people still think about Ellie and want to raise money for her.”
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