Beanfests in musician’s memory top £10k mark

'Hallowbean' organisers show how much cash they raised for Bluebell Wood. Picture: Ian Thompson

'Hallowbean' organisers show how much cash they raised for Bluebell Wood. Picture: Ian Thompson

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A STRING of mini-festivals held in memory of a Rawmarsh musician have raised £10,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The latest effort, Hallowbean, at Swinton’s Park View Restaurant and Bar, was in celebration of smashing the £10,000 benchmark, almost three years since Rob, Bean, Crook lost his life in a Parkgate road smash.

Hallowbean saw a 300-strong crowd don fancy dress to hear groups View from S62, Rage Against The Bean, Mask of Virtue and duo The Hot Soles, who all performed blistering sets along with tribute band UK Foo Fighters.

The event sold out within a month, mirroring the growth of sister event Beanfest.

Organiser Simon Hartley, of Rawmarsh, said: “This is a great example of how young people can use a passion for music to help the community, not only by fundraising but in giving people a platform to showcase their talents.”

Dorothy Crook, Rob’s mum added “It was a fitting tribute to the efforts these young people put in to provide these spectacular shows. Rob would have been so proud.”

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