Seaton rocks for hospice

The Beat Rats pictured on stage during the Seaton Rock event.
The Beat Rats pictured on stage during the Seaton Rock event.

A SEASIDE resort rocked to the sound of local musicians as hundreds showed their support for a hospice.

The cream of Hartlepool’s music scene put on a show for 11 hours of live performances at Hartlepool & District Hospice’s first Seaton Rock festival.

The audience did not let the disappointing weather dampen their day and enjoyed the non-stop sounds of a stellar local line up.

Hospice bosses hailed the event a huge success and will now look into making it an annual festival.

The exact amount raised is not yet known, but it is hoped the fundraising and ticket sales from the day will reach around £5,000.

Janice Forbes, events and community facilitator at the Wells Avenue-based facility, said: “It was a fantastic day, everyone had a smile on their face, it was a huge success.

“The feedback has been very good, we have had bands emailing us saying how much they enjoyed themselves.

“The music was just superb, we would like to say a big thank you to all of the bands and artists who played for free and put on such a fantastic show.”

Town rockers Mercedes were the headline act in an impressive line up which also included Atlantic in Transit, The Passion Killers, Martha Cook, The Beat Rats and Lee Maddison.

Families also enjoyed face painting, bouncy castles and henna tattoos at the event which was held at Seaton Reach.

Janice added: “The event wasn’t quite a sell out. But we had a brilliant turn out. I think there was about 400 people there altogether.

“Obviously with it being the first time we have held the event we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

“But it would be great if we could make Seaton Rock an annual event.

“The only slight downer on the day was the weather, I think it was the coldest July night I have ever know.

“But nobody seemed to let that bother them.

“We have got some absolutely brilliant musicians here in Hartlepool and it was fantastic for them to come together and support the hospice.”