Emerge music festival (slideshow)
Amble’s young people held a music festival in the Town Square, raising over £500 for Cancer Research. A group of youngsters organised the event with support from Coquet Youth Team and members of Amble Community Forum.
Coquet Youth Team leader Angela Manktelow said: “The festival had a really good communty feel and there were lots of people willing to help out. It’s refreshing piece of news from the recent rioting we’ve been hearing about. There were lots of positive comments from adults in the community.”
The festival was organised by five year 11 GCSE students: Gina Mason, Alicia Hindhaugh, Beth Young, Rhiannon Roberts and Rebecca Charlton.
Rhiannon said “I think it went really well. At first it didn’t look like there were many people there. We didn’t realise how big the Town Square actually is, until we looked at the number of tickets sold. I know the bands are up for doing it again next year, so hopefully we’ll make it a bigger event next year.”
Rebecca agreed “I was worried there wasn’t going to be enough people, but for our first event I was really happy. I was amazed at the age range. I had thought it was going to be mostly young people, but I was amazed at the number of older people and families. I’m really glad they came.”
Local musicians took to the stage, while others manned the facepainting and bbq stalls.
Julia Aston Director of Amble Development Trust said “The young people should be commended for all their hard work and effort they’ve put into this. It’s been a steep learning curve for them; learning how to organise an event, ensuring all consents are in place, appropriate insurance cover etc, let alone the details of the event itself. Their enthusiasm and dedication has never flagged. The actions of some of our young people should be celebrated especially when it’s in aid of such a worthy cause.”
Gina Mason said “It was fun to organise although it was hard getting everything done. I hope we’ll do it again next year.”
£520 has so far been collected in ticket sales and donations.