Music festival will rock for brave Bradley

THUMBS UP: Toddler Bradley Lowery gives the fundraising music festival the thumbs up.
THUMBS UP: Toddler Bradley Lowery gives the fundraising music festival the thumbs up.

FARMLAND will be turned into a festival field as it hosts a charity music celebration.

Blackhall Rocks for Bradley will see bands take the stage at the event at Tweddle Farm.

Cash raised from the day will go to Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma to fund specialist treatment for the three-year-old.

The toddler, who is from Blackhall Colliery, has been fighting the rare form of cancer since he was diagnosed in January 2012, with his parents Gemma and Carl recently told there is no sign of the disease.

They are raising £500,000 in case he needs to undergo further treatment in the US.

The music festival is being held on Saturday, June 6, and will see a line up including Central Park, Charlie Champbell, Running On The Spot, The Volunteers and The Style Selektors take to the stage.

It is being organised by retired chimney sweep Bob Waites as part of his ongoing charity work.

Bob, 63, who lives with wife Denise, 62, in Blackhall Colliery, said: “I volunteer up there at the farm doing feeds and driving the tractors.

“This will be up in the fields and in the open air – we’ve already been joking it should be called Tweddlebury.

“I’ve thought about putting on a music concert on for a few years.

“I’ve done all sorts before, canoed from Hartlepool to Seaham, rode the length of the River Wear and done a skydive.

“I wanted to do something for Bradley.

“It’ll all be local bands from all over the area.

“It’ll be a great day.”

Tickets for the day, which will see gates open at 4pm and performances run on until 11pm, are £20.

They are on sale via various outlets across Peterlee, Blackhall and Hartlepool, with their locations yet to be confirmed.

They can also be bought from Bob on (0191) 5879904, with more details available via www.blackhallrocks.co.uk.

The event, which is being hosted by James of Highlights Entertainment, is for those aged 16 and over.