Dyke House to be part of England’s biggest free community music festival

(from left) Teresa Driver of The Annexe, residents Joyce Parker and Beryl Bromley, The Annexe staff Geoff Auton and John Wren, and residents Dorothy Staunch and Amber Kelsall

(from left) Teresa Driver of The Annexe, residents Joyce Parker and Beryl Bromley, The Annexe staff Geoff Auton and John Wren, and residents Dorothy Staunch and Amber Kelsall

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD will come alive with the sounds of live music during a unique arts event tomorrow.

The Dyke House area of Hartlepool is taking part in Our Big Gig, England’s biggest free community music festival.

It will even see African drumming taking place in Milbank Road resident Beryl Bromley’s front garden.

Not-for-profit buskers will be performing up and down Raby Road and outside Greggs and Spar.

There will also be a host of activities at The Annexe, in Wharton Terrace, from 11am, including an open mic session, a family farm in the car park, musical instrument-making, a kazoo join-in session, DJ workshop, dog chipping, jumble sale, book stall and refreshments.

The event is being led by The Annexe, town music organisation Red Dreams, Thirteen housing group and Radio Hartlepool.

More than 7,000 musicians are taking part nationwide.

Sacha Bedding, manager of The Annexe, said: “The free events aim to promote wellbeing and bring together communities through music.”

Minister for Communities Stephen Williams said: “Our Big Gig weekend will help turn strangers and neighbours into friends and encourage lots of people to get involved in music.”

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