THE experiences of friends serving in the Forces inspired Bren Bowman to put on a fundraising event that raised just over £2,000 for Help for Heroes.
He organised for three local bands to perform and booked a hall, but demand for the £5 tickets was so great he and fellow organiser Luke Arons had to switch venues to South Holland Centre in Spalding.
A total of 350 tickets were sold to people ranging in age from 17 to their 60s and 70s and Bren says interest was so high he could have sold another 100 tickets.
The bands, who played voluntarily, were A Story to Tell playing Indy Punk, Switch belting out rock and roll, and Offshore Rivers, calming the mood with some cool blues.
“It was brilliant,” said Bren, whose brother Kieran is guitarist in Switch. “I have got mates in the Royal Marines and they are always telling me stories about what they see and what happens when they get injured and I thought it’s a worthy cause and a good excuse for a good night.”
It’s the first event Bren has organised but it was so successful he is already considering running more in future. He added: “I’d like to thank the bands for doing it free of charge.”