Birthday party-inspired festival raises £1,800

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A BIRTHDAY party which developed into a four-day music festival after years of careful planning has raised nearly £2,000 for two worthy causes.

Adrian Lockwood’s parties had become quite a fixture on the social calendar, so much so that friends told him he ought to charge for entrance.

So when his 25th birthday approached, he decided to go that extra mile and enlisted the help of some musical friends to arrange a four day festival in Orby complete with bands, stages, wrist bands and camping.

Rigstock Festival, as it became known, was enjoyed by around 250 friends and music fans, who watched dozens of bands perform for free, to help raise money for charity.

Donations on the door raised an impressive £1,800 to be split between the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK.

As an avid motorcyclist, Adrian selected the air ambulance charity for its vital work saving lives on the county’s rural road network, and having lost a friend to cancer, he was also keen to help fight the terrible disease.

The former Southview Leisure employee, who is currently training to be a tree surgeon, had previously raised more than £500 for charity with a sponsored leg waxing event last year.

His mother Gillian said his previous successes helped spur him on for his latest venture.

She said: “It was a great success, there was a great atmosphere and a real buzz of excitement. We would all like to thank the many people who gave up their time and effort free of charge.

“We were so pleased that everyone enjoyed themselves - they were all asking when the next event would be.”