We’re finally set for Dukestock!

Happy times: From the left, The Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons; groom's mother Marjorie Whittaker, Mr and Mrs Whittaker and bride's mother Marjorie Coulston

Happy times: From the left, The Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons; groom's mother Marjorie Whittaker, Mr and Mrs Whittaker and bride's mother Marjorie Coulston

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AFTER months of planning Shelf finally hosts its own musical festival tomorrow.

Dukestock, featuring eight live bands, runs from noon to 6 pm at the Duke William on Wade House Road.

Ready; Stuart Rothera (left) and Mark Potts, at The Duke William

Ready; Stuart Rothera (left) and Mark Potts, at The Duke William

Mark Potts and Stuart Rothera took over the pub last year and wanted to recreate a successful festival they organised at a previous pub in Pudsey.

Money raised will go to Help for Heroes and Martin House Children’s Hospice, near Wetherby.

The bands will provide a range of music throughout the afternnon.

The Mexannines are headlining and are joined by The Giddy Kippers (a seven piece instrumental band), Aggravation, Motus, Dox Cox, Cover 2 Cover, The Rudiments and Geek.

A professional outdoor stage has been erected and the crowds will be accommodated on the car park and surrounding banking.

There will be an outside bar, refreshments, raffle and tombola.

Mr Potts said it is hoped each charity would benefit by around £500.

“It has taken around six months to organise and we don’t know how many will turn up but are hoping for a successful musical festival,” he said.

Since taking over the pub the partners had invested a lot of energy and money which had resulted in the festival and good food offers.