Local Champion - Steve Cowens

Pictured is Steve Cowens,organiser,of the Mosborough Music Festival,on the site of the former Westfield School Site
Pictured is Steve Cowens,organiser,of the Mosborough Music Festival,on the site of the former Westfield School Site
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Mosborough has come alive with the sound of music in recent years – and that is, in a big way, thanks to the work of Steve Cowens.

Steve, from Mosborough, first organised the Mosborough Music Festival back in 2010 after his close friend and fellow musician Mark Thorley died.

Back in its first year the festival was a fun day hosted at Mosborough Miners Welfare Club.

But by the 2013 festival, held last month, it had grown to a huge two-day event with two stages, bringing in audience members from far and wide and including Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers as the headline act.

Steve, an author, said: “It all started in 2010 when my pal committed suicide and we had a charity fundraising day at Mosborough Miners Welfare Club.

“It was well attended and people said let’s have one every year. It just built from there.”

The first festival at Westfield featured The Beautiful South, and raised £1,000 for the Children’s Hospital and Weston Park Hospital, attracting 1,600 people.

Last year’s event, headlined by Bad Manners, was marred by rain, which kept down the attendance to under 1,000, but it was one fundraiser in a series that generated £8,000 to send eight-year-old Reece Winterbottom and his family to Disneyland in Florida. Reece, who lives in Sothall, was diagnosed with a brain tumour six months after losing his mum to cancer.

And this year, for the first time, Mosborough Music Festival was held over two days at the old Westfield School site, with Reverend and the Makers and Sheffield United supporter and former Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton among 25 acts to perform.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said Steve.

“ We had some brilliant local bands on who were fantastic.”