The first musical event in the Shaldon Botanical Gardens for quite a few years got off to a lucky and impressive start with the Teignmouth Air Show display by the Red Arrows. Local artists Ollie Stephens, Borderline, Shoreside and Juice generously gave their all playing wonderful music in aid of the DEC Humanitarian Appeal for Ukraine and the Friends of Homeyards Botanical Gardens in Shaldon charity.
We welcomed a number of Ukrainian guests and received an encouraging video address from the Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK .
The weather wobbled a bit but by the evening the sun shone through, slanting shadows lighting up the terraces .
A capacity crowd (at 499) had a relaxed evening listening to the music, children enjoyed playing with some large bouncing yellow and blue balloons and the Ukraine flag flew from the castle flagpole .
Costs were kept to a minimum with generous support from HS Hire, Bradley’s Estate Agents, Lollie Bean cafe, Shaldon Post Office and Ode cafe. Huge thanks to them all. Shaldon Parish Council took the event reins and supplied wheelie bins .
Great thanks to Tim Starkey, Danielle Westlake and Paul Conlan for all the time and effort put into the organising, Simon Girling for compèring and supplying the PA system, Paul Reynolds for setting up the bands and all those who helped with setting up and down, electrics and musical equipment, Teignbridge Trotters members for stewarding, Shaldon Water Carnival for the gazebos and ABOVE ALL the MUSICAL ARTISTS themselves.
Funds raised currently stand at over £4000. Half the ticket proceeds was paid to the Friends at £1817.
The remainder was paid to the DEC Ukraine Appeal plus also the bucket collection and Just Giving proceeds.
The proceeds of sale of a Mansons guitar signed by the members of Muse will be auctioned on eBay and the proceeds given to the Ukraine appeal.
All in all a great effort of support from Shaldon.

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