Rocking way for Box to raise cash

This Is Wiltshire: Fungus Lickz perform at Box Rocks Fungus Lickz perform at Box Rocks

A huge crowd rocked in the rain at this year’s fundraising Box Rocks festival at the Queens Head on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hundreds attended the event, now in its 19th year, to watch eight bands and raise money for Royal United Hospital Bath’s Forever Friends Appeal.

Box Rocks has been supporting the appeal for the 10 years and has raised more than £19,000. Funds from this year’s event will go towards the building of a new £20.5m cancer care centre.

This year’s total is still being tallied, but event organiser and pub landlord Dean Creighton said he was delighted with the support from the community.

He said: “It went fantastically and the rain didn’t stop us. We carried on regardless and the crowd really embodied that true Box Rocks spirit.”

Mr Creighton said all the bands on the bill – which included Sound of the Sirens, Port Erin and Turn Pike Glow – were fantastic and the big finale, featuring songs from The Rocky Horror Show – was well received, with many in the crowd in themed costumes.

The organising team is already planning for next year’s 20th birthday event.

It wants to invite back a variety of headline artists who have played Box Rocks over the two decades.

Mr Creighton said: “Looking to next year, it will be a very big one for us. We are hoping to get a few bands who have disbanded over the years, to get back together for a one-off performance at Box Rocks.”

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