Thousands raised at Beer festival

PUBLISHED: 10:29 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:53 17 June 2010

IN 12 hours £5,300 was raised at Beer's Music 4 Life charity event on Saturday. Some 15 bands, headlined by the popular Blue Bishops, performed from noon to midnight at Beer football field for Cancer Research UK and FORCE cancer charity. Event chairman An

IN 12 hours £5,300 was raised at Beer's Music 4 Life charity event on Saturday.Some 15 bands, headlined by the popular Blue Bishops, performed from noon to midnight at Beer football field for Cancer Research UK and FORCE cancer charity.Event chairman Annie Boalch thanked all its supporters, saying: "What a community, what a spirit! Another amazing day in Beer was had by all, young and not so young."With cancer touching so many of our lives, everyone just puts in so much time and effort to support this charity, hoping maybe one day to find out more about the causes and more importantly a cure. "Our village came out in force to enjoy the day and support various cancer charities and our local charities."Steve and Mandy Graham organised the bands; who gave their time and talent free of charge, and co-ordinated all music-related items. Mrs Boalch also thanked Axe Music, Beer Primary School for sharing their skipping talents, Puffins Playgroup who ran the barbeque, Devon Diamonds, Emma, Sally and Gary for 'It's a knock-out', stall organisers and businesses for prizes.Angie Cromwell, Lynne Hoare helped stage the event and Gill and Jim Carthy organised the candle ceremony, with a saxophone playing Amazing Grace."Above all thanks goes to Beer Football club and members who hosted the whole event and gave full support, just like last year," said Mrs Boalch.Illuminated balloon paper lanterns were released at the end of the evening across the bay, accompanied by vocals from Dan Crisp.Local bands included The Kicks from Sidmouth, Noughts and Crosses, The Scavengers from Beer and Stalking Tyler from Seaton.Jamie Gorman from Beer made his debut performance with seasoned singer and resident Mike Green.*Last year Beer's Race for Life event raised a massive £53,000 for charity.

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