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Knipfest gets set to rock into 10th anniversary

A village music festival is gearing up for its biggest year yet as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

This year’s Knipfest music and beer festival, which takes place at Kesteven Rugby Club at Woodnock on Sunday, June 22, will boast an impressive line up of music acts with many bands travelling from all over the country to take part including Crazy Ape, Hummingbird, Naturally Sourced, Abbas Angels, Liquid Brass, Side 2 Side, and the UK’s ultimate Foo Fighters tribute band.

Since being launched in 2009 as a tribute to Julie Copley who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010 aged 41, the festival has grown year on year from 300 people in 2010 to crowds of up to 2,000 in recent years.

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After Julie was diagnosed in 2005, she started fund-raising for Cancer Research with the help of her husband John. They regularly held fund-raisers, including bike rides, sponsored walks and golf days and managed to raise £50,000.

In 2009, the ‘rawhider riders’ got together consisting of John and friends Phil Noon,Jonathan Watchorn and Greg Herbert. The group cycled from Lands End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland on road bikes to promote the first Knipfest held at Belvoir cricket ground,Knipton.

But when Julie tragically lost her battle with cancer in 2010,Knipfest became a way of raising awareness and funds for Cancer Research, St Barnabas Hospice and Dove Hospice in Melton Mowbray.

They have so far managed to raise in excess of £120,000 for the three charities.

Jonnie Watchorn, part of the Knipton committee said: “It is possible for a small group of people to get together and actually create an event that people will come and enjoy at the same time as knowing that you are giving something to a good cause.”

Phil Noon, who is also part ofthe Knipfest committee added: “When Julie passed away it really brought it home to us and we just thought well what can we do. I was in a band so I thought that we could easily do a free gig and raise some money so that’s what we did and then it grew from there.”

As well as a great line up of music acts, there will be a variety of food and drink vendors including a real ale bar, hog roast and free car parking.

John is looking forward to another great year adding:“Knipfest makes a huge difference. The hospices do a fantastic job and rely a lot on charity. We want everyone to have a great time and in the process raise a hell of a lot of money for charity.”

Tickets are available at various local outlets, including Yorkshire Bank, The Cross Swords in Skillington, Sharmans Agricultural Ltd and the Guildhall Box Office in Grantham.

You can also buy tickets online, until June 9th, at www.knipfest.com which includes postage, or at the gate on the day.

Julie Copley passed away in 2010. (10511101)
Julie Copley passed away in 2010. (10511101)

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