Drumming Mayor’s benefit gig raises around £1k

Richard Bennett, Mayor of Ribble Valley, with Lady Mayoress Marilyn Davies.
Richard Bennett, Mayor of Ribble Valley, with Lady Mayoress Marilyn Davies.

A benefit gig to raise funds to ensure that a Ribble Valley church continues to serve the community for generations to come was held on Sunday – raising around £1,000 for the cause.

Ribble Valley Mayor Richard Bennett, who is a drummer in the rock band Fisher T Fish and is the borough councillor for Read and Simonstone, swapped his Mayoral chains for his drum sticks to perform at the Ribble Valley Mayoral garden party.

Kindly hosted by the Ribble Valley Mayoress Marilyn Davies at her home – Dugdales Barn in Worston – the weather was kind during the garden party which included an afternoon tea.

Dave Stanton, local radio presenter and long time friend of the mayor, officially opened the event which was attended by numerous civic dignitaries including Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

The beer flowed freely thanks to Andrew Warburton from Bowland Breweries who kindly donated a barrel of beer to help ensure the afternoon’s success. Meanwhile, the delicious afternoon tea was prepared by local catering company Simply Scrumptious and there was also a raffle with prizes donated by local residents.

Coun. Bennett, who lived in the vicarage in the 1960’s when his father was the vicar of Read, has adopted Readstone Community Centre which is based at St John’s Church, Read, as one of his charities during his year as Ribble Valley Mayor.

For more photos from the event see this Thursday's Clitheroe Advertiser.