Besses Fest 2015

THE success of a concert at a Whitefield pub shows the potential for a live music revival in the area.

That is according to Dave Jones, who organised the event which attracted more than 200 music fans to the Coach and Horses pub in Bury Old Road on Sunday.

The crowd went wild for four-piece rockers Adventures of Salvador and pop rock quintet Surrounded By Angels at the show, which started mid afternoon and finished in the evening.

It is the second annual gig organised by Mr Jones, aged 55, of Frankton Road, Whitefield, and raised £155 for The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Mr Jones said: "It was a great day and it was quite a sight to see the pub beer garden so busy.

"It shows that there is a big appetite for live music done in the right way and, I will be putting on the show again next year."

He added: "There are events on at the Royal British Legion and at the Carlton Club further down Bury Old Road and it's great that there is so much going on locally when it comes to live music and other forms of entertainment.

"Years ago, there used to be lots of gigs on all the time and it would be nice to bring some of that back."

Mr Jones believes that if organisers of live entertainment events in Prestwich and Whitefield - from book readings to live comedy - get together, it would boost attendance at all of them.

"We can all promote each other's events to our respective audiences and that has to be good for everyone," he added.

Dale Haslam