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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
A charity music event is sailing towards a new record total thanks to some help from rock legend Rod Stewart.
North Walsham Live Aid has raised more than £45,000 over the past 30 years - earning organiser Barry Holden a TV Surprise Surprise meeting with idol Rod in December.
The signed guitar and platinum CD the star donated as auction lots, along with the publicity generated by the show meant the event played to a sell-out 360-strong crowd - and looks set to top £10,000 for the first time.
The money always goes to children’s charities and this time it will help Norfolk-based Sporting Light appeal which helps disadvantaged people through sport.
Mr Holden was thrilled at the outcome saying: “It is a phenomenal amount to raise.
“There is no doubt that appearing on the telly helped. A lot of Facebook comments after the gig were from people visiting for the first time who want to come again.”
During an evening of classic rock from local bands all performing for free, there was an auction of 40 signed celebrity lots, which raised a total of £6,300 - way ahead of the previous record of about £4,000.
Rod Stewart’s £1,200 guitar which he signed and handed to Barry on TV was sold for £2,100 to a fan of the singer. A signed platinum CD disk of his Time album made £630.
The singer said on TV he would like to appear at a future North Walsham event, and while it was not possible this year because Rod was touring abroad, Mr Holden said they still had hopes of getting a star visit in the future.
Other star lots were a drum head signed by Cream (£610), a singed mini Brian May guitar (£370), a Beatles gold disc (£300), and a F1 car shaped bottle of red wine signed by Sir Stirling Moss (£240).
Mr Holden added: “It was a fantastic night, with a super atmosphere. I will be having a few weeks off, then start planning the next one.”
The bands which played were The Grease Monkeys, Raw Edge, Burning Crows, Pure Passion, and Pout at the Devil with fill-ins from Cruel Folk.