Mawdesley Lake Fest 2010 - A great success!

This year's Lake Fest took place on Saturday 19th June and was a huge success.

The weather was perfect, well apart from a mini-tornado that temporarily removed the soundman's gazebo with dramatic effect, we had no rain and plenty of sunshine. There was a fabulous turn out and feedback received already has been exceptional. The young and very talented Innuendo kicked off proceedings on the stage, followed by the great Peter Frampton and Tim Chu. The Cassini Club came on next with some great Indie style tunes and they made way for the awesome Jerome Mcmurray, all the way from New York, who went down a treat with the crowd, really engaging the audience and pairing up to play some amazing blues with the talented Tim Chu. Singer songwriter Ian Bailey took to the stage after the break followed by Tim Chu and friends playing some funky blues. The mix of bands this year was nicely balanced with the fabulous Ivan Campo coming on next and really wowing the crowd as well as selling a record number of CD's! The finale was the incredible Liam Blake who closed the event to huge applause from the crowd.

The water balls on the lake were a highlight for our younger attendees, well anyone aged 5yrs to 14yrs and were very amusing for the mums and dads watching. The raffle prizes this year were in high demand with a Strat-style guitar knidly donated by PMT (Professional Music Technology), two 'Try-Dives' donated by Delph Diving Centre, Spa beauty treatment for two, A meal for two at the Vine Bar and two passes to Rock and River's School Holiday Activity Scheme - all the proceeds going to Derian House Children's Hospice.

Kids also had the opportunity to try out some exciting outdoor pursuits including the infamous Leap of Faith, for the budding Robin Hood's some Archery and for those with a head for heights the 40ft Climbing Tower was open.

People enjoyed tucking into some lovely food including hand-made pizzas courtesy of Orchard Ovens who have just recently joined up with Jamie Oliver. There was a roast carvery and for pudding some old-fashioned sweets put on by Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe. Three B's Brewery provided three great real ales to everyone's delight and local man Irvine Wright provided the wine.

The event was only this good due to fabulous turn out of the crowd, so a huge thank you goes out to those lovely people who attended - we hope you had an amazing time. And so until next year, when the Lake Fest will be back and even bigger and much better, with lots more on the programme, all the team at Rock and River bid you farewell!

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