Inaugural festival a raving success

Tom McCormack and Lol Dixon, raffle winners at the Reivers Rock and Blues Festival.

Tom McCormack and Lol Dixon, raffle winners at the Reivers Rock and Blues Festival.

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A festival held in the Coquet Valley has been hailed a massive success after hundreds of pounds were raised for charity.

The first Reivers Rock and Blues Festival took place at Clennell Hall, near Alwinton, over the bank holiday weekend.

A fantastic line-up of top name bands and artists from all corners of the UK and beyond performed over three days.

Headline bands included Ben Poole, Mitch Laddie Band and Poplar Jake & The Electric Delta Review.

Sunday took on a Transatlantic flavour with joint headliners Detroit rockers Paul Lamb and The Detroit Breakdown and Dave Arcari, from the USA.

All of the bands that performed signed a guitar and a funky guitar strap which were raffled off in aid of Northumbria Blood Bikes. More than £200 was raised.

Tom McCormack, from Hamilton, was the winner of the guitar. Lol Dixon, of Biddlestone Townfoot, was the runner-up with the guitar strap.

Tom said that as he would never play the guitar, he would donate it to the hotel to put behind the bar. Lol also volunteered the strap to go along with it.

Dave Raven, from festival organisers Raven Blues, said: “If you are going to visit the beautifully-located Clennell Hall in Northumberland, ask Roz or Rocky to show you this great memento of a great weekend.”

Information on the festival can be found on at www.face book.com/reiversrock