Cheers to the first Spalding Beer and Music Festival

Fran Carlan, Ben Cook, Spalding Beer and Music Festival Committee chairman Sam Nundy, Jason Parnell and Louise Chapman with Spalding and District Round Table chairman Matt Burchnall.  
Photo: SG280516-142TW.
Fran Carlan, Ben Cook, Spalding Beer and Music Festival Committee chairman Sam Nundy, Jason Parnell and Louise Chapman with Spalding and District Round Table chairman Matt Burchnall. Photo: SG280516-142TW.

The first-ever Spalding Beer and Music Festival looks being a regular event in the calendar based on the crowds drawn to the town over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Organiser held the event at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, where the finest ales, games and music from bands, including teenagers Take Aim, alternative rockers The Ultraviolet and tribute band Blondied were all on offer to visitors.

Sam Nundy, chairman of Spalding and District Round Table which organised the event alongside Spalding Ladies’ Circle, said: “I can’t believe the amount of people who came to support the event and evrybody was quite emotional at the end of the festival after giving our lives to it for the last two months.

“It was the Round Table, with the Ladies Circle, Spalding Young Farmers and our colleagues from Bourne and District Round Table who helped us massively.

“The whole venue was available for people to use and it was like having a very nice beer garden in the sunshine.”

Mark Le Sage, who organised the line-up of bands for the festival, said: “I was absolutely amazed and so happy with the way the whole festival went.

Dave Colton of classic rock and funk band Tiger Club during their set.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Dave Colton of classic rock and funk band Tiger Club during their set. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“There was no trouble whatsoever, everybody enjoyed the choice of music and people were so happy that there was something for people to do in an atmosphere that was very friendly.”

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Flynn, one of the festival acts, said: “It was amazing and we had a great atmosphere.

“The turnout was amazing and you could see that everyone was enjoying themselves, they were was really supportive to me and the other acts and the crew were lovely and very helpful as well.”

Sam added: “It was such a team effort, but four people in particular I’d like to thank are our finance man Jason Rooke, Charlie Rawlings for sourcing the beer, Mark Le Sage for sorting the bands and my wife Daniella who did so much work to make sure that the event could go ahead.”

It was like having a very nice beer garden in the sunshine

Sam Nundy, chairman of Spalding and District Round Table

Knockout night with heavyweight Haye at Spalding & District Round Table boxing dinner

Three days of fun at first ever Spalding Beer & Music Festival

Malcolm Kennedy with Emily and Mandy Murdie from Peterborough and Newcastle-upon-Tyne respectively.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Malcolm Kennedy with Emily and Mandy Murdie from Peterborough and Newcastle-upon-Tyne respectively. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Acoustic, chilled, ambient and downtempo soloist Lucinda Flynn performing at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Acoustic, chilled, ambient and downtempo soloist Lucinda Flynn performing at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Allison Willson serves pints in the drinks area.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Allison Willson serves pints in the drinks area. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Alex Bull on the inflatable slide.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Alex Bull on the inflatable slide. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The Alley-Catz entertain youngsters Ella Griggs and Pippa Carlin.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The Alley-Catz entertain youngsters Ella Griggs and Pippa Carlin. Photo by Tim Wilson.

At the German Shepherd Dog Rescue stand are (back) Colin White, Kym France, Bev Moore, Garry Moore, (front) Diane White, Sal Vickers and Mark Rowe with Sasha and Ozzie.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

At the German Shepherd Dog Rescue stand are (back) Colin White, Kym France, Bev Moore, Garry Moore, (front) Diane White, Sal Vickers and Mark Rowe with Sasha and Ozzie. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A bank holiday weekend with friends and drink.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

A bank holiday weekend with friends and drink. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Crowds at the first-ever Spalding Beer and Music Festival held at  Castle Sports Complex, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Crowds at the first-ever Spalding Beer and Music Festival held at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Classic rock band Crossfire with lead singer Drew Murphy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Classic rock band Crossfire with lead singer Drew Murphy. Photo by Tim Wilson.