Raise a glass to pub festival

Beverley Westney and Andy openshaw at the Coach and Horses in Chapeltown who are supporting the Macmillan Nurses with a Party in thee Car park on Bank Holiday monday 29th August
Beverley Westney and Andy openshaw at the Coach and Horses in Chapeltown who are supporting the Macmillan Nurses with a Party in thee Car park on Bank Holiday monday 29th August
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FORGET the Leeds Festival - this year’s Bank Holiday music event of choice will be happening closer to home at a pub in Chapeltown.

The Coach and Horses, on Station Road, is hosting its annual Party In The Car Park on Monday, August 29, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of The Star’s Business Challenge.

The event will see five live bands performing on an outdoor stage at the pub from 1pm, along with family entertainment such as face painting for kids and an all-day barbecue.

Macmillan is marking a century of fundraising by teaming up with The Star to appeal for 100 or more South Yorkshire firms to collect £100,000 for the charity this year.

This year’s festival is the fourth at the Coach and Horses, and pub landlord Andy Openshaw said he was looking forward to beating last year’s total of over £2,500.

“It’s a good day and a good event - the pub’s just packed with people,” said Andy, aged 53, who’s been landlord for four years.

“We want this year’s party to be the best yet.”

Admission is free, he added, although visitors will be asked to make a donation to Macmillan on the day.

Headliners Tara’s Secret will be topping the bill, while other acts include Barnsley group The Civilians, Irish band JJ Galway and metal act Jackson Caged.

The show will also kick off with teenage band Idiots and Stereo, whose youngest member is just 14 years old.

“We’ve got collection boxes for Macmillan on the bar all the time,” Andy said.

“Cancer is just something that you never know if you might get one day. As long as it’s successful we’ll do the festival every year.”

Rob Turner, Macmillan fundraising manager, said: “Every pound donated will help local people affected by cancer.

“In Sheffield, we’re currently fundraising for eight Macmillan professionals including two nurses specialising in bowel and lung cancer.”

Call 0114 2467595 for more details.

Firms interested in signing up to the Business Challenge can email rturner@macmillan.org.uk or call 01246 810301.