Musical memorial in Sutton Bridge for “awesome” dad

DADDY'S GIRL: Sadie Lambe and Jamie Hook, landlord of The Anchor Inn, Sutton Bridge, where a two-day music and beer festival is taking place next month in memory of Sadie's dad, Adrian Walpole.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
DADDY'S GIRL: Sadie Lambe and Jamie Hook, landlord of The Anchor Inn, Sutton Bridge, where a two-day music and beer festival is taking place next month in memory of Sadie's dad, Adrian Walpole. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A Long Sutton social worker is keeping her Dad’s memory alive with a two-day music and beer festival in his honour.

Sadie Lambe (25) is putting on Molefest and Beerfest, with live bands, face painting, bouncy castle and a selection of ales, at The Anchor Inn, Sutton Bridge, on Friday, August 14, and Saturday, August 15

The dates are especially poignant to Sadie, who works in the community with the mentally ill, as the weekend will mark the second anniversary of the passing through cancer of her father Adrian Walpole, who died just a day short of his 44th birthday.

Sadie said: “My dad was awesome, lovely and very popular because he was in a band so he knew everybody.

“Dad became poorly in April 2013 and he was afterwards diagnosed with cancer.

“He was a well-known musician in the area and after he passed away, we held our first Mole Fest at the Granary in Long Sutton to raise money for Sue Ryder Cancer Care’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

“Staff there cared for my dad and we raised around £900 for the hospice last year, so hopefully we can beat that this year.”

Adrian played in a band called No Strings whose remaining members, Keith Twidale, Lee Batiuk and Rob Fidler, were part of the line-up for the inaugural Molefest last September.

Among the bands lining up so far for this year’s event are reggae and ska band Zeb Rootz and Dead Horse, with more to be added between now and the event.

Sadie said: “Last year’s Molefest went really well and there were bands playing all day, including my Dad’s former band No Strings.

“But it was really emotional as well because we couldn’t hold it in August, so I knew that I wanted to do it again this year – but closer to the anniversary of my Dad’s passing.

“We also want to make it more family-friendly by holding it in a bigger venue where we can have a bouncy castle, party games, face painting and other events for the kids.

“There will also be a raffle, barbecue and fancy dress competition because I want everyone to enjoy themselves and make it as lovely an event as possible – in my Dad’s memory.”

For more details and to donate raffle prizes, call The Anchor Inn on 01406 359892.