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£20,000 shows Avebury rocks!
12:20pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
ROTARIANS and residents of Avebury raised £20,000 for local charities after holding a rock concert in the village.
The Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown handed over cheques for £14,000 and £6,000 to Prospect Hospice and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement (CALM) respectively at a presentation.
The money was raised from the proceeds of the Avebury Rocks concert held in July, where 800 people braved a downpour to watch The Levellers and other live bands.
Rotarian Bob Barrett, former president of the club which organised the event, said: “I’m incredibly chuffed we managed to raise so much. That was around what we had hoped for in terms of the money raised but with the weather on the day we didn’t have as many people buying on the door.
“We still had 800 people turn out, which was great, and everybody in the village helped out, from the farmer and the sports club which allowed us to use their fields, to the National Trust, who helped marshall the parking.
“It really was the local community in Avebury that made it happen and we were pleased to be able to raise so much for Prospect and CALM, which are both great local charities.
“We are in the process of organising the next Avebury Rocks now and hopefully the weather will be better this summer.”