Car park gig is on the money

The Coach & Horses Pub,Station Road,Chapeltwon,held its Annual 'Party in the Car Park' in aid of Macmillan
The Coach & Horses Pub,Station Road,Chapeltwon,held its Annual 'Party in the Car Park' in aid of Macmillan
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MUSIC fans were out in force as a Sheffield pub hosted its own festival, raising thousands of pounds for cancer sufferers with a packed day of live bands.

As revellers were making their way back from the Leeds Festival, the Coach and Horses in Chapeltown held its fourth annual Party In The Car Park in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, as part of The Star’s Business Challenge.

Five live bands performed on an outdoor stage while another act played inside the pub later in the evening, and festival-goers also enjoyed 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.

Pub landlord Andy Openshaw said it was an ‘absolutely fantastic day’.

“Everything went to plan,” said Andy, aged 53.

“We haven’t got an exact figure yet for money raised but I think it’ll be between £2,800 and £3,000. I think at one point there were around 400 people in the audience.”

He added the crowd appreciated the musical line-up, which included headliners Tara’s Secret, Barnsley group The Civilians, teenagers Idiots and Stereo, Irish band JJ Galway and metal act Jackson Caged.

“Every band was fantastic. Everybody commented on how much they enjoyed it, some people were even saying they want us to do another one, people want us to do two. So we may do one in May next year,” Andy said.

The outdoor stage was created from the trailer of a 50ft articulated lorry.

Macmillan is fundraising for eight health workers, including nurses specialising in bowel and lung cancer. The Coach and Horses has collection boxes for donations to the charity all year round.

“We’ll just hand the money over to Macmillan and it all goes towards what they’re doing with it,” Andy said.

n Firms interested in signing up to the Business Challenge can email or call 01246 810301.