Rock Bodham charity festival returns for another year of musical merriment

Circus performers Jed Tizzard and Hew Jones entertain festival-goers at Rock Bodham. Picture: KAREN

Circus performers Jed Tizzard and Hew Jones entertain festival-goers at Rock Bodham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Organisers of north Norfolk's annual Rock Bodham charity music festival are confident of equalling last year's takings of £3,400, in spite of being forced by the weather to delay the event's kick off time by two hours.

Soaking up the chilled out atmosphere at Rock Bodham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Soaking up the chilled out atmosphere at Rock Bodham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Now in its fourth year, the two-day festival featured a line-up of bands and soloists including 1990s group the Last Great Dreamers, rock bands Audio Junkie, Insaniac and Mechanism and singer songwriters Jack Daniels and Kolin Durier.

Other attractions ranged from a barbecue, stalls, stilt walkers and a dusk fire show, to a bouncy castle and circus skills workshops for young festival-goers.

Festival committee member Callum Ringer said the event, which continues today at Bodham pub the Red Hart, aimed to provide a 'chilled out' atmosphere, with 'something for everyone'.

High winds had meant the programme had to be shortened, with appearances by two bands cancelled and volunteers struggling to put up marquees, but afternoon sunshine on Saturday had seen local people turn out in force.

Hot Smoke and Danger on stage at Rock Bodham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Hot Smoke and Danger on stage at Rock Bodham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

'Because the stage is a curtain-sided lorry and the wind was really gusting, we had to put safety first,' Mr Ringer said, 'but the wind dropped significantly later on and numbers were looking really good, so, in spite of the weather, we are hoping to at least match last year's takings.'

Proceeds will go to village good causes, with a percentage donated to a national children's charity in memory of Bodham teenager David Acott.

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The seventeen-year-old, who underwent an emergency liver transplant after being diagnosed with acute liver failure at the age of 15, died earlier this year and, after being asked to nominate a charity by Rock Bodham organisers, his family chose Ronald McDonald House, which provides 'home from home' accommodation for the parents and siblings of youngsters who are in hospital.

David's mother Janet said: 'Ronald McDonald House will be the main beneficiary from proceeds at the event this weekend, unfortunately, we will be away, but we are so overwhelmed by this gesture.'

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