Flood-hit village will fill with music

Town Road in Croston flooded on Boxing Day
Town Road in Croston flooded on Boxing Day
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A village hit by severe flooding on Boxing Day will come to life this weekend for a three-day music festival.

As the clean-up continues in Croston, around 60 bands and singers are getting ready to raise the roof at venues around the village.

Croston Fest will see a variety of music performed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to raise money for those affected by the floods.

Organiser Stuart Laverick said: “We wanted to help the pubs and restaurants that had closed because of the flood to get some takings back and to raise money to help the residents who were flooded.

“We also want to bring some fun back to the village. It has been a devastating couple of months and it’s going to be good to bring some fun back.”

Venues for Croston Fest include Croston Sports Club, which became the hub for the flood relief effort, as well as the flood-hit Wheatsheaf pub and restaurants Panshi and Fresco Fresco.

Among the performers are Doug Perkins And The Spectaculars, Red Moon Joe, The Capital, Brian Hobbs and Abba tribute Mamma Mania.

Morris dancers Stone The Crows will also entertain people and there will be a large food tent.

Wristbands are for sale at the venues for £5, which provide access to all the performances over the three days.

Stuart said: “The response has been excellent. We have had nearly 60 bands come forward for free and we have seen 600 or 700 wristbands sold so far.

“I am aiming for 2,000 over the weekend and have a personal target of raising £10,000.”

The festival will raise money for Croston Flood Relief, which has already raised more than £30,000 to help people affected by the floods and aims to become a registered charity.

Performances will start at 7pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.