Family festival for Adam’s cause

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A charity music festival in memory of a young man who died suddenly is set to take place at the weekend.

Garstangbury will be held in and around Kirkland Village Hall in Churchtown to raise money for the A.D.A.M Appeal.

The charity was launched following the death of Adam Swanwick almost 12 months ago.

Adam, 28, was with fiancé Louise Ayre on their way to sample wedding food when he suffered an acute heart attack.

The appeal was set up in his memory, with the aim of fundraising to provide defibrillators in community buildings, as well as an e-petition, calling on the Government to debate compulsory heart defect screenings in schools.

The outdoor family music festival will run from noon until 9pm on Saturday and there promises to be something for all the family, with organisers hoping to attract around 500 people.

There will be a main stage providing musical entertainment, sponsored by DCL Transort Services and a Dance Tent, sponsored by Operation Sound System.

There will also be stalls, face painting, a bouncy castle and children’s fairground rides.

Louise said: “A friend of mine, Will Hudson, approached us to say he would like to organise a festival for Garstang and he would like to do it for the Adam Appeal. Pam Bailey, one of the trustees of the appeal wanted to do something next year, so we just thought we would work together and see if we could do something this year.

“It has been very last minute. We have been organising it for five weeks, but those two have done the majority of the work.

“We have all been working flat out. Will is heavily into music anyway and felt that Garstang needed something like a festival.”

Will has organised the bands for the event and his friend Mark Griffiths has organised the dance music.

And the Adam Appeal has organised the other activities planned for the day.

Louise hopes the festival can become an annual event in aid of the charity

Louise said: “We have already got a lot of ideas for next year. We are going to start organising that in a few months.

“Everybody has worked really well together.”

There will be free onsite parking and tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for under 12s and £3 for under children under six years old.

There will also be a bar and food available at the event.

Tickets are available at Sainsbury’s in Garstang the King’s Arms in Garstang or online from music website Skiddle.