Woodford Stock Festival hand over cash to hospice

Money raised at the Woodfordstock festival has been handed over to fundraiser Diana Patrick
Money raised at the Woodfordstock festival has been handed over to fundraiser Diana Patrick

Friends and family of the organiser of the 5th annual Woodford Stock Festival have handed over the proceeds of the music weekend to Cransley Hospice.

The massive charity gig was held at The Dukes Arms in Woodford over August bank holiday featuring 30 bands providing continuous live music.

As well as bands there were stalls, raffle, tombola, face painting, real ales and cider all boosting the total raised for the Kettering hospice.

Woodfordstock Festival was set up in 2010 by Dukes Arms landlord Tony Blyth and husband and wife Stevie and Carol Poole in memory of local musician Al Tait, who died in Cransley Hospice.

Landlord and event host Tony Blyth explained: “In December 2014 Stevie was diagnosed with cancer but he was helping organise the bands to raise money for the hospice right up until the end, that’s what he was like, he always did everything for other people.”

Tragically, founder Stevie, succumbed to oesophageal cancer in June 2015 before this year’s event, with wife Carol carrying on organising the bands for the festival.

Musicians who appeared included Stevie’s own band Old Speckled Men and his grandson’s group.

Tony said: “ It was an emotional one and I’m sure he was up there smiling down at us.

The weekend raised £4,600 for Cransley Hospice and the 6th festival will take place on August Bank Holiday 2016.