North Walsham Live Aid’s Barry hands over £9,000 to the Teenage Cancer Trust

Barry Holden, organiser of North Walsham Live Aid, hands over a cheque for £9,000 to Judith Anderson

Barry Holden, organiser of North Walsham Live Aid, hands over a cheque for £9,000 to Judith Anderson of the Teenage Cancer Trust who, in turn, presented Mr Holden with a framed 'thank you'. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Seriously-ill young people have received a £9,000 boost thanks to a sell-out north Norfolk rock festival.

Barry Holden, organiser of North Walsham's annual Live Aid event, has handed over the cash to the Teenage Cancer Trust which supports those fighting the disease.

Last month's two-day Live Aid festival saw a number of bands perform at the town's community centre in front of capacity crowds.

The event also featured a rock memorabilia auction which saw a guitar with an authenticated scratch plate signed by American blues legend BB King snapped up for £1,700.

A miniature Mercedes bearing champion racing driver Sir Stirling Moss's signature went for £260, and a jazz-style bass guitar signed by various stars fetched £520.


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'It was our most successful one yet,' said Mr Holden, of Birds Road, North Walsham. 'There was only one ticket left on the door.'

North Walsham Live Aid was launched as a one-off in 1985, at the time of Sir Bob Geldof's international Live Aid concert raising money for the Ethiopian famine.

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Mr Holden resurrected it in January 2005 to help victims following the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.

Since then it has been held annually, and has raised about £60,000 for young people's charities.

Mr Holden said work had already begun on organising next year's event.

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