Family and friends had festival fun in Richard’s memory

 RichFest music festival.at Luddenden Foot Cricket Club, High Lee Green
RichFest music festival.at Luddenden Foot Cricket Club, High Lee Green

A music festival in memory of a beloved son and brother hit the right note as it proved to be a huge success.

RichFest, organised in memory of Richard Greenwood - a talented musician and cricketer who was just 13 when he died in November 2011 - attracted nearly 500 people to Luddenden Foot Cricket Club for an afternoon of music in the sun.

Although the final proceeds have not yet been counted, the festival’s main organiser Rosanna - Richard’s sister - and dad Philip hope to have raised a good amount for cricket and disability sports charity Lords Taverners and Nordoff Robbins, a national music charity.

Philip said: “It went fantastically well. It was superb. Almost 500 people were here and we had good weather. Well, as warm as it gets in Luddenden Foot!”

On the day, there was music by Dirty Green Vinyl, Flaming Dragon, Lily, Small Words, Chalkface, Rosanna, Avenue, Loren, Flux, Mark, Greg & Jack, Scott and Galina, Anna, Long Sleeves for Summer and Alfresco Fiasco - who all played free of charge.

There were also fireworks, food supplied by Kiplings, beer - a barrel donated by The Big 6 and re-named RichFest Ale - and fireworks. Around 100 RichFest T-shirts were sold on the day.

Philip added: “Everyone was impeccably well behaved and it was a good event in Richard’s memory. I’d like to thank all the bands who played free of charge, EPS Hire who donated a generator, lights and cables free of charge and everyone who turned up on the day. Special mention also to the sound engineer, Craig Rothery, and everybody at Luddenden Foot Cricket Club for working so hard.”