THREE charities are urging music fans to turn out in force on Saturday to Rock Against Cancer which over the past six years has raised more than £152,000 for causes fighting the disease.
This year Concert At The Kings in All Cannings, near Devizes, will be raising money for Hope For Tomorrow, Above and Beyond and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Big names such as Alison Moyet, Paul McCartney's keyboard player Paul Wix Wickens, Wilko Johnson, Sweet, Gerry and the Pacemakers and John Coghlan's Quo will be making sure once again that a village field is alive and rocking.
The weather forecast is looking good after last year's torrential rain and King's Arm landlord Richard Baulu is hoping that the last few tickets remaining will be snapped up.
He said: "Ticket sales have been strong but we are expecting there to still be a few left on the day which people will be able buy online at the gate which is different to previous years.
"We are still expecting there to be some exciting late editions to the line-ups."
Mr Baulu, McCartney's sound man John 'Grubby' Callis and Andy Scott from Sweet came up with the idea for the charity fundraisers after both Grubby and Andy suffered from prostate cancer.
Claire Cosgrove from Hope for Tomorrow said: "This incredible event will help to keep the wheels turning on our Wiltshire mobile chemotherapy units which bring cancer care closer to patients' homes across Wiltshire and beyond and we are grateful to everyone involved for their support. Our current appeal is for the replacement of the nurses' support vehicle for the South Wiltshire area.”
Cressida Prout from Above & Beyond was equally grateful and said: “We are so grateful to be back as one of Rock Against Cancer’s chosen charities for the sixth year in a row. Thanks to the fantastic support of everyone involved with this brilliant concert, you have already raised over £55,000 for projects in support of cancer research and treatment at Bristol city centre hospitals – thank you. Donations really do make all the difference to patient care in Bristol and across the South West.”
Steven Goodrick, Wiltshire fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support said the concert had helped to pay for two breast reconstruction nurses at Salisbury Hospital. He said: “We provide local support in the community to people, their families and carers affected by cancer. Across our region Macmillan have made significant investments to the support we offer.
"The fantastic support in funds we have received from Kings Arms, the performers, and everyone who has supported these brilliant concerts has had a tremendous impact and, no doubt, changed lives."
Doors open at noon with music starting at 1pm. A souvenir programme will be on sale along with branded merchandise and food and drink concessions will be available, which all contribute to the good causes supported. Go to www.concertatthekings.co.uk