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Lancaster and Morecambe School Aid music festival raises record-breaking total

Stevie Wren performing at School Aid 2023 on Sunday at The Exchange in Morecambe

A three-day music festival in aid of local schools has raised a record-breaking total.

School Aid raised £6000 for four local schools - which beat last year's amount raised of £4400 and the event's best-ever total of £5260 raised in 2020.

The money will be divided equally between West End Primary School and Morecambe Bay Primary School in Morecambe, St Patrick's in Heysham and Skerton St Lukes in Lancaster.

Funds were raised over three days of music, starting on Friday with the West End Soul Club soul music night at The Exchange in Morecambe, then continuing on Saturday at The Bobbin in Lancaster, before finishing at The Exchange on Sunday.

Beyond Radio supported School Aid, with Phill Hayward hosting on Saturday and Greg Lambert the host on Sunday.

School Aid was founded in 2018 by musician Jay Blackburn and aims to help local schoolchildren during these difficult economic times.

Jay said it was a "fantastic effort from everybody" and it ensured that each school would receive £1500.

Related Story: INTERVIEW: Lancaster and Morecambe School Aid makes a real difference to local children - Beyond Radio

Performers at the festival included DJs Jamie Bell, Daz Mount, Paul 'Soul' Johnson, Tony Simon, Nigel Rothwell, Nick Duffy and Jay Blackburn at the West End Soul Club; Lauren McKenzie, Tom Woods, Dara Woods, Graham Mumford, Inadequate Flaws, Supersonic Kicks, The Good Souls, No Agenda, Yheti, The Glass Poppies and Kiwi at The Bobbin; and Longshot, Jason Mcloughlin, Carlie Mai, Stuart Michaels, Benni Beard, Stevie Wren, Three Chord Truth, The Good Souls, Union City, Blue Bay, Antiks, Fuse and Indifferent Monkey at The Exchange on Sunday.

Lancaster-born rock star John Waite, famed for his worldwide 80s hit 'Missing You', was among the crowd at The Bobbin enjoying the live music on Saturday. Here he is pictured with Mark Simpson, one of the organisers of the event.

Here are some photos from Sunday at The Exchange, of Antiks, Fuse, Benni Beard, Indifferent Monkey and Blue Bay.

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