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Despite some iffy weather, this year's Brightfest raised an astonishing 1,500 for bone cancer research, in memory of Alex Lewis.

" It was a shame that Pure and Simple [pictured] had to battle with a downpour, but apart from that it was dry amazingly after the forecast," writes Sue Robson. "Those of you who made it must agree that the standard of musicianship was excellent. It was fantastic to see such a range of good music from such a small area."

The festival attracted 19 bands, 93 musicians. (aged from 14 to over 65 years old), and 17 kegs of beer disappeared. Photos are now on the Red Lion website.

The money for bone cancer research came as a mixture of donations, ten pence added to all the drinks (which the Red Lion doubled) and text donations. These were organised by Nick Hunt, who works for Vodafone. He also managed to get the company to donate another 350 to the charity.

Proceeds from an art exhibition at the Red Lion in September will be split equally between the bone cancer research trust and the St Agatha's Church  extension fund.
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