Hundreds of people help put festival on the 'Mapp'

Malvern Gazette: ROCK OUT: Mappfest raised just over £3,000 for Acorns Children's Hospice (s) ROCK OUT: Mappfest raised just over £3,000 for Acorns Children's Hospice (s)

A ROCKING day of fundraising was rounded off with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the organiser of Midsummer Mappfest.

It was a day of rock and roll in the blazing sun as people of all ages enjoyed the sounds of 16 of the county's finest bands on the common at Link Top.

Around 2,500 dropped into the free one day festival throughout the day which managed to raise over £3,000 for Acorns Children's Hospice.

Lying on the grass enjoying the sun, music lovers enjoyed the sounds of Ronin, Black Russian and Dogs of Santorini.

Helen Newson, landlady of Beauchamp Arms, Malvern, won the main raffle prize of a 40 inch television donated by Central Roofline Systems.

Organiser Andy Mapp said: "It was absolutely fantastic.

"Everything went to plan, we had a fantastic turn out with a great mixture of bands and people of all ages.

"So many generations of people came out and people were coming up to me to say what a lovely time they'd had."

The event marked Mr Mapp's 59th birthday and he was moved when festival-goers sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

"If you can imagine a whole festival singing to you - it was really moving.

"It was just like a dream and brought me to tears.

"Everyone from the oldest to the youngest person had great big smiles on their faces.

"I'd like to thank Malvern Hills Conservators who have been really supportive and absolutely everyone who came or helped out during the day."

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4:29pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Stephen ( Malvern ) says...

Me and my family attended this event and it was amazing. It was fun, friendly and full of families all having a great time. All credit must go to Andy ( and his many volunteers & my friend Bananaman for comparing.It had such a lovely feeling to it. The only thing wrong was we couldnt stay all day. My 5 and a half year old son loved it and we allowed him to run about freely on the common with his pals it felt so safe. Please please please let this be the first of many events like this to be held on the common. Thank you again.
Me and my family attended this event and it was amazing. It was fun, friendly and full of families all having a great time. All credit must go to Andy ( and his many volunteers & my friend Bananaman for comparing.It had such a lovely feeling to it. The only thing wrong was we couldnt stay all day. My 5 and a half year old son loved it and we allowed him to run about freely on the common with his pals it felt so safe. Please please please let this be the first of many events like this to be held on the common. Thank you again. Stephen ( Malvern )
  • Score: 8

4:43pm Wed 25 Jun 14

CliveDee says...

A wondrful community centred day, lovely family friendly atmosphere with every penny raised going to a vital charity. Great work Andy.
A wondrful community centred day, lovely family friendly atmosphere with every penny raised going to a vital charity. Great work Andy. CliveDee
  • Score: 7

5:10pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Jayce says...

Absolutely fantastic day. It was great to see so many people, of all ages having such a great time. Bring on next year.

And to top it off it was a 'free festival' that raised so much money, for an amazing charity.

Well done to all the people involved.
Absolutely fantastic day. It was great to see so many people, of all ages having such a great time. Bring on next year. And to top it off it was a 'free festival' that raised so much money, for an amazing charity. Well done to all the people involved. Jayce
  • Score: 7

5:11pm Wed 25 Jun 14

jahoolie says...

This was an absolutely fantastic day the band's were amazing and it was a really enjoyable day out for everyone. Such a fantastic day well done to Andy Mapp for organising a perfect day. Looking forward to the next one.
This was an absolutely fantastic day the band's were amazing and it was a really enjoyable day out for everyone. Such a fantastic day well done to Andy Mapp for organising a perfect day. Looking forward to the next one. jahoolie
  • Score: 6

5:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

davo-moelbryn says...

I attended for most of the day in fact 9 hours i recall. I have to say that this was a superb day raising money for a great cause. Andy and his team put on a extremely well organized festival. It was run professionally with all aspects of safety kept in mind whilst still allowing all who attended to enjoy the freedom of the common and the high quality of music that was provided. Cheers Andy for a really great day.
I attended for most of the day in fact 9 hours i recall. I have to say that this was a superb day raising money for a great cause. Andy and his team put on a extremely well organized festival. It was run professionally with all aspects of safety kept in mind whilst still allowing all who attended to enjoy the freedom of the common and the high quality of music that was provided. Cheers Andy for a really great day. davo-moelbryn
  • Score: 6

5:45pm Wed 25 Jun 14

belleboa says...

Had such a brilliant day at Mappfest! Hats off to Andy for organizing this event, all for charity!!! Safe to say everyone enjoyed the sunshine and music! Now, to wait a year for the next one!
Had such a brilliant day at Mappfest! Hats off to Andy for organizing this event, all for charity!!! Safe to say everyone enjoyed the sunshine and music! Now, to wait a year for the next one! belleboa
  • Score: 6

6:16pm Wed 25 Jun 14

ladie zorena says...

a really wonderful event,which ,i was lucky enough to help out with litter picking,selling raffle tickets and generally enjoying the festival,i was lucky enough to hear most of the music and cannot wait for the next event :) well done mr andy mapp
a really wonderful event,which ,i was lucky enough to help out with litter picking,selling raffle tickets and generally enjoying the festival,i was lucky enough to hear most of the music and cannot wait for the next event :) well done mr andy mapp ladie zorena
  • Score: 4

6:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

coldmansteve says...

Absolutely amazing day,I loved every second of it,great day,great cause and Mr Andy Mapp you are an absolute legend .
I'm so looking forward to helping out again next year
Absolutely amazing day,I loved every second of it,great day,great cause and Mr Andy Mapp you are an absolute legend . I'm so looking forward to helping out again next year coldmansteve
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Wed 25 Jun 14

MichaeKnowlesMusic says...

An amazing day in fantastic weather and with some of the greatest people in charge of a days entertainment next year we'll make sure a lot of us go with blankets to sit on nice one Andy.
An amazing day in fantastic weather and with some of the greatest people in charge of a days entertainment next year we'll make sure a lot of us go with blankets to sit on nice one Andy. MichaeKnowlesMusic
  • Score: 2

7:15pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Nhjl155 says...

A lovely day with a great atmosphere and Andy even managed to persuade the sunshine to help out. Well done Andy and everyone else that dedicated their time.
A lovely day with a great atmosphere and Andy even managed to persuade the sunshine to help out. Well done Andy and everyone else that dedicated their time. Nhjl155
  • Score: 2

10:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Ostrich says...

Very friendly and well run festival, brought extra business to our shop on link top and they left the site perfectly clean and tidy the next day...let's see more events like this!
Very friendly and well run festival, brought extra business to our shop on link top and they left the site perfectly clean and tidy the next day...let's see more events like this! Ostrich
  • Score: 4
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