‘Phenomenal’ festival success

PUTTING ON A SHOW: The organisers take stock.
PUTTING ON A SHOW: The organisers take stock.

The music blared out, revellers danced and of course the rain poured down as LeeStock festival took centre stage.

The two-day music extravaganza held in the grounds of Melford Hall in memory of Sudbury 21-year-old Lee Dunford, saw a host of bands and singers perform at the weekend.

Now in its seventh year, it is anticipated that this year’s festival, attended by more than 1,000 people, will take the amount of money raised for the Willow Foundation – the charity which supported Lee and his family as he battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma, before his death in 2006 – to well over £50,000.

“It was an excellent event and as always there was a great atmosphere,” said Peter Keogh, who along with a group of Lee’s friends helps put on the event.

“The weather was a mixed bag, but that did not deter people as they could take cover under the gazebo and on Sunday we had really good numbers.”

Among those entertaining the crowds were headliners The Lightning Seeds – well-known for their famous Three Lions collaboration with Frank Skinner and David Baddiel – along with a host of local bands.

There was also a camping area, improved activities for families and a beer and cider festival.

Mr Keogh said the festival had come a long way since its origins in a village hall and music nights at the White Horse pub in North Street, Sudbury.

“To have The Lightning Seeds playing in a World Cup year was just phenomenal,” he said.

“Each year we give ourselves a new challenge, but it has definitely become quite a slick festival.

“People were really buzzing at it and it has become a Sudbury event. We never expected it to grow like this and it has been a privilege to be involved with.”

The Willow Foundation is dedicated to supporting seriously ill 16 to 40-year-olds by providing unique and positive special days.