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Friday, 01 August 2014

Heart attack survivor organises music fest

A HEART attack victim is bringing a fund-raising music festival to a West Cumbrian village.

Chris Webb, owner of the Bower House Inn, in Eskdale, is preparing to host BFest to raise money for the local First Responders who saved his life.

Mr Webb, who suffered a heart attack several years ago, launched the alternative music event in 2005.

Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, offering an alternative festival to the more commercial events such as Glastonbury or V.

And now organisers are hoping this year’s will be the best yet, with local bands and acts from Lancashire set to take to the stage.

Christine Ford, one of the managers at the Bower House Inn, said: “Rural people live away from what an awful lot of people take for granted, such as ready access to hospitals.

“When Chris suffered a heart attack, there had been some of the worst storms, the electricity went down and trees were blown down. We phoned for an ambulance and within five minutes the first responders were here.

“They looked after him until the ambulance arrived about half an hour later, as we are about 35 to 40 minutes away from our nearest hospital.

“Since then, Chris decided to he would try to do something to raise money for the Gosforth and District First Responders.”

This year’s event, due to take place on August 4 and 5, will also raise money for the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.

Bands lined up to perform for free include Sour Mash, Barracudas, The Cousticks, One Way System and the Paul Dobie Band.

BFest spokesman, Roy Matthews, said: “BFest wants to give the great British music festival back to the people.

“Regular festival-goers are starting to feel uneasy about the commercial side of their beloved festivals.

But a festival-goer at BFest will get plenty of space, camping in a beautiful valley at the foot of Muncaster Fell, great food, bars and 22 live bands covering many different styles of music.”

The event will also have a dance tent, local craft stalls, comedy and children’s activities. A four-day weekend camping pass, including admission to the festival and a warm-up party, is £25. Day tickets are available, priced £15 for Friday to Sunday, £10 for Saturday and £5 for Sunday. Camping is available for £5 per night. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.bfest.co.uk

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