Sheringham’s Unplugged By The Sea rakes in crowds and cash for charity

From left: Unplugged By The Sea organisers and helpers Paul "Titch" Hagon, Callum Ringer, Loren All

From left: Unplugged By The Sea organisers and helpers Paul "Titch" Hagon, Callum Ringer, Loren Allen, Chad Mason and Ben Carpenter. Picture: UBTS - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people flocked to a charity music gig by the north Norfolk seaside.

Voicemail perform at Unplugged By The Sea. Picture: UBTS

Voicemail perform at Unplugged By The Sea. Picture: UBTS - Credit: Archant

Unplugged By The Sea, featuring 29 acts, was set up to raise funds for the Weybourne unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

After a three-hour coin count of the weekend's bucket collection, the total raised has reached £1,177.27.

The family-friendly event, organised by Ben Carpenter, from Overstrand, and his girlfriend Loren Allen, from Norwich, took place at The Crown pub in Sheringham.

Mr Carpenter, who has previously helped to organise the Rock Bodham festival, said: 'I just can't believe it. We had cancellations at the last minute and people stepped in to fill the slots.

'Everyone has been so generous and the buckets kept on filling up.'

The money will go towards the renewal of a music licence at the Weybourne unit. The pair were inspired to set up the Unplugged gig after Miss Allen's father, Kevin, had been using the unit while having chemotherapy treatment.

Most Read

Mr Carpenter said: 'We had constant praise all weekend, holidaymakers loved it and locals couldn't believe we managed to get a marquee at the Crown.

'The weather was awful, with rain and wind, but we did have a great marquee and with music and ale it was soon a great event.

'The bands all want to play again next year and the landlord was so happy he's asked us to do it again too.'

Miss Allen said: 'The cause we were raising money for has struck a chord with so many people, including many of the artists that played over the weekend, and it was a pleasure to have been approached and personally thanked by members of the public who are or have been in a similar position to my family.

'I am astounded by everyone's generosity and hope that we can pull together as a community again to support other causes in the future.'

Next year's Unplugged festival will be held on August 19 and 20.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter