What started as a one-off garden party with friends and family attending and performing has slowly grown to be an annual musical event in the Cambridgeshire village of Linton.
Now in its sixth year, ‘Hendstock’ was attended by over 300 invited guests last Saturday (22 July), who came together to play music or watch others perform on a specially constructed stage in the garden of Hayley and David Donnan.
The event is named after their friend Ian Hendry, who died aged 43 of complications following meningitis.
"Ian was our best friend and Best Man at our wedding," said David and Hayley, “and we wanted to do something to ensure he was remembered. This year we collected over £3,000 with the help of our fantastic sponsors," David added.
"We started off six years ago just passing a bucket around, but now with the generosity of local businesses, it's become a great fundraiser that supports Meningitis Now and gives everyone who comes a great time.”
“Ian would have loved it."
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Sponsors included local businesses Millers Music, Ethos, Cheffins, Mr Barbers, Beaumont Butchers, Igentics, Adrenaline Creative and Nextnorth.
"We hope to do even better next year," said Hayley, who also performs as part of female vocal group 'Ding Dong Belles'. "With the help of our friends, guests, sponsors and a bit of British summer sunshine, I'm sure we will!"
Acts this year ranged from a choir to a brass band to a full on rock covers band. They included The Ding Dong Belles; 3 Clowns; Copper and Zinc; Robbie; Infinite Recall; T, Nat and Dave; Janine and Jamie; Jamie, Dave and Emma; The Mighty Choir of Revenge; Atomised; The Scarlet Ladies; Ted and The Accelerants, who, as always, closed the night with 90 minutes of high-energy rock.
Seen here (blog index page) are The Scarlet ladies (featuring Hayley) and the Accelerants (Photos by Helen Adams and David Donnan). Words by Jon Dyer.