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First Whitstock Music and Beer Festival goes down a treat

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

  • Mike Maddams performs at the Whitstock Music and Beer Festival

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MUSIC brought the normally quiet Whitminster to life when the village pub held a festival at the weekend.

Plans to install a defibrillator at the Whitminster Village Hall have been boosted by the fundraising from the new Whitstock Music and Beer Festival held in the grounds of the Whitminster Inn.

Headliners Toploader and The Wurzels helped the crowds to party well into the night. They were backed throughout the day with an array of local talent.

Pub owner John McGoldrick, who has run the venue for 12 years, said: “We hold a load of music events here and we sell a lot of real ales so it only seemed fitting that we held a music and beer festival.

“We had a lot of help from Vince Freeman, from The Voice, who was brilliant at pulling the acts together.”

Event co-ordinator Sarah Fisher said: “We would like to get a defibrillator for the village hall. I have just been on a first aid course and seen one in action and they really do help save lives. They can make all the difference.”

The pub had help from cadets who manned the car park, the Rotary clubs of Severn Vale and Gloucester Quays who manned the real ale stall and neighbouring firm Attwools, who supplied a giant marquee.

Andy Jarrett, from the Severn Vale Rotary club, said: “The pub have been very supportive to us as we meet here. We were more than happy to help out in return. It is nice to give something back to people.

“Rotary have been leading the way in encouraging new defibrillators to be installed across the county so we know it is for a very good cause.”

Partygoer Tyler Johnstone, 23, said: “The acts are pretty good. I’ve come down with my mates. We come here quite a bit for the live music nights so I think the festival is a good idea.”

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