‘Mellorstock’ music festival helps cancer charity

Mellorstock organisers, from the left, Carl and Kirsty Elmer, Pete Foster and Laura Targett
Mellorstock organisers, from the left, Carl and Kirsty Elmer, Pete Foster and Laura Targett

A festival of local bands, nicknamed ‘Mellorstock’, was music to the ears of Rosemere Cancer Foundation after it raised £2,601 for the charity.

Almost 400 music fans converged on the Traders Arms, Mellor, to enjoy outdoor and indoor sets from performers who covered a cross-section of musical genres and all donated their time and talent for free.

It was such a hit that organisers Carl and Kirsty Elmer, Laura Targett and pub manager Pete Foster are already in talks to make it an annual event.

Carl, bassist with Blackburn band The Wagon Wheels, said: “It was a great success despite the weather not always being on our side. Rosemere is a charity close to so many hearts that everyone involved from the bands through to the audience wanted it to work and it did.”

Besides The Wagon Wheels, Mellorstock’s line-up included Slydes, Rime Suspex, Wagon Town, Odd One Out, Alex Johnson and Chris Byrne plus many more.

Rosemere fundraises to bring world-class cancer treatment and services to North-West cancer patients via their local hospital and the region’s specialist Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston by buying vital equipment and funding research and training that the NHS is unable to fund. It also works to provide free access to complementary therapies.