Hundreds head to Lowestoft seafront for K-Fest in memory of musician

Fight The Pirates perfoming on Sunday at  K-Fest. Picture: James Bass Fight The Pirates perfoming on Sunday at K-Fest. Picture: James Bass

Monday, May 26, 2014
6:50 AM

A line-up of top live bands rocked Lowestoft seafront as they joined forces to remember the life of a much-loved local musician, and to help the fight against cancer.

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Hundreds of people gathered at the town’s Claremont Pier yesterday for the seventh annual K-Fest, which is raising funds for the Sandra Chapman Centre in Gorleston and Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of popular musician Karen Sturgess.

When Mrs Sturgess – known as Kay – lost her long battle against cancer aged 39 in June 2008, one of her last wishes was for a fund-raising music festival to be held each year in the town. She had organised the first K Fest at the Globe Inn in Lowestoft in May 2008, raising £2,000 for the Big C Appeal.

The free one-day festival continues to be held in her memory and is organised by her father Roy, sister Claire and brother Matt Down and her best friend Lindsay Moore.

As well as raising money for charity, the event provides an opportunity for local musicians to perform in front of a live audience, something Mrs Sturgess was passionate about.

Spokesman Darren Steger-Lewis said this year’s festival was likely to have been the busiest one yet.

He added: “After the demise of the air show, we are the biggest free public event on the seafront, which is a nice thing to be able to say. Kay would be so proud of everybody that is involved. Her last wish was for this to happen to support the local music scene. It started when Kay was still alive in a local pub and no one expected it to get as big as it has. She would be so proud and so grateful for what people have done.”

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