Sponsor announced for Beccles music festival as it marks 10th anniversary year

Abbotts estate agents, Beccles, are the main sponsors of this year's Harvest Moon Music Festival.
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Abbotts estate agents, Beccles, are the main sponsors of this year's Harvest Moon Music Festival. Pictured is Cheryl Swallow and Natalie Ward-Kerr from Abbotts with Jula Janney, festival organiser. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A sponsor has been announced for this year's Beccles Harvest Moon Music Festival, now in its 10th year.

Maizie Walsh on stage at last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Maizie Walsh on stage at last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

It is the first time the festival has had a sole sponsor, with Abbotts estate agents pledging £1,000 towards the event and the community stage campaign.

The festival is held each year at Beccles Quay and returns next Saturday, August 12.

This year's event is dedicated to the memory of Neil Aldred, known to many as DJ Dominator, who died aged 33 in June after being diagnosed with cancer.

His mum Jula Janney is chairman of the committee which organises the festival, with Neil performing at the first event in 2007.

Families enjoying last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Music Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Families enjoying last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Music Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Natalie Ward-Kerr, area manager for the Beccles and Halesworth branches of Abbotts, said: 'I didn't know Jula's son personally but I heard about him because my husband's best friend knew him really well.

'It hit a nerve with me because I lost my brother a few years ago and seeing what my mum went through, I know how his family is feeling.

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'As the UK's largest estate agency group we have funds available and I wanted to put some money back into the community to help with a special project which will be enjoyed by the community.'

The Beccles Community Arts committee, which runs the festival, is planning to build a permanent stage at the quay. There are also plans for a garden and plaque dedicated to Neil.

Mrs Janney said: 'It means the world to us to have this support. This is our 10th year and we started off small and now have well over 500 people attending.

'Because of what happened I didn't know if I could carry on this year, but I knew Neil would want me to.

'I want to thank Lisa Hampson, our newest committee member, for help securing the sponsorship.'

The music will start at noon, with the final band, Killing Floor, playing at 7.30pm, following a set from Neil's niece Maizie Walsh at 6.50pm.

As well as the music there will be food stalls, children's games and rides and a beer tent. Free parking is available at the quay.

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