Castle festival attracts hundreds

The B Festival at Bamburgh Castle, which was to raise funds for HospiceCare north Northumberland
The B Festival at Bamburgh Castle, which was to raise funds for HospiceCare north Northumberland

A varied music festival held at a Northumberland landmark has been hailed as a massive success.

The B Festival took place on Friday evening at Bamburgh Castle. It was the first event of its kind to be held inside the fortress and was in aid of the charity HospiceCare North Northumberland, based in Berwick and Alnwick.

The B Festival at Bamburgh Castle, which was to raise funds for HospiceCare north Northumberland

The B Festival at Bamburgh Castle, which was to raise funds for HospiceCare north Northumberland

Francis Watson-Armstrong and the Armstrong family, the castle’s owners, chose HospiceCare North Northumberland as their charity of the year, and the festival is part of string of events for the group.

Castle director Chris Calvert said that at least 500 tickets had been sold, costing £15 each, so the event could easily have raised £7,500 for the charity.

Mr Calvert said: “This is just fantastic, this event. It rained a bit during the set-up, but the help we’ve had from the guys in Berwick, Brian and his team, has been very efficient and professional.

“Thanks to all the volunteers who have helped to organise the event. It ran without a hitch. It’s been brilliant.”

The B Festival at Bamburgh Castle, which was to raise funds for HospiceCare north Northumberland

The B Festival at Bamburgh Castle, which was to raise funds for HospiceCare north Northumberland

The event showcased more than 10 local acts including the Berwick Concert Band, Candi’s Dog, Renata and Trev, the Attic Band, Lionheart Harmony, the Grey Catz, Rhionne and State 4.

Unlike some other live concerts taking place in the county this summer, concert-goers were invited to take along their own food and drink, but entry included a welcome drink, and local food was on the menu from A Taste of Northumberland and Alnwick’s VIP Brewery.

The event was sponsored by Neil and Jackie Forysth, owners of Seahouses-based holiday cottage company Stay Northumbria, with support from St Cuthbert’s Hospice at Durham.

Mr Forsyth said they wanted to sponsor the event as he lost his sister to pancreatic cancer.

He said: “For the last two weeks of her life, she received the kindest of care at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, where there was round-the-clock care to ensure her pain level was always controlled.

“The whole event was great. It covered all age groups and all sorts of music so there was something musically for everyone.

“It’s a shame the weather wasn’t a bit better, but the courtyard made a perfect venue as it’s pretty well covered from the wind. Everyone had a good time.

“We’re looking to, hopefully, sponsor the same event at the castle next year, and I’m sure we’ll have even more people then.”

The next fund-raiser at the castle is an abseil on Sunday, August 30. For details, go to www.hospicecare-nn.org.uk