Festival raises thousands for charities

The West Buckland Festival had helped out two local causes after a successful season.

THE West Buckland Festival committee has raised almost �3,500 for charities this year.

Paul Ellis, festival chairman, said: “We have such good support from a very loyal following of friends and local people that we are able to give more this year than last.

“Our total turnover was the highest ever and we succeeded in containing our costs.”

The evening of popular classical music, Friday Night is Music Night with John Hobbs, Nico Shoot and other local musicians and The Saturday Show with the Chivenor Military Wives Choir were both near sell outs, said Mr Ellis.

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He added: “The only sadness was that we had to cancel the Evening with Syd Little.”

The committee presented cheques for �1,700 each to the North Devon Hospice and St Peter’s Church, West Buckland.

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