Pubs packed for Kimberley Jam music spectacular

Pubs across the town were bursting at the seams last weekend as part of the Kimberley Jam, a day of live music in aid of a local charity.

The event saw people from in and around Kimberley flooding to venues in the town as part of a ‘fantastic, fun-filled and crazy’ day.

Musicians performing at the Lord Clyde as part of the Kimberley Jam

Musicians performing at the Lord Clyde as part of the Kimberley Jam

Music was put on by a variety of bands all with the intention of raising money for the Ryan Lee Trust, a local charity that supports children with brain tumours and other cancers.

Deb Lee is a founder of the charity, along with husband Shaun, in memory of their son, Ryan, who died at the age of 15 from a series of brain tumours.

She said: “Wow, what a weekend, it was a fantastic event and everybody loved it.

“The planning is already done for the next one. People kept telling me that it has definitely taken the place of the Kimberley Pram Race.

“All the pubs were absolutely packed and Spongebob (the cartoon character was a special guest) really enjoyed himself!

“What a fun-filled, crazy day we all had at the event, I’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who helped organise the event.”

The jam event was put on at pubs across the town, including the Nelson and Railway, The Gate Inn, The Cricketers Rest, The Chapel, The White Lion, The Stag and The Lord Clyde.

Deb, of Nuthall, who quit her job to run the trust, also thanked people from in and around Kimberley for taking part in the event.

She added: “What I would also like to state is that Broxtowe Borough Council have actually donated £3,400 to the trust, which will help fund our office.”

Deb also praised the work of Graham ‘Cookie’ Cook, who helped organise the event.

‘Cookie’ said that the event exceeded his expectations and that next year he intends to make it more family friendly.

He added: “I guess you can never raise enough money for worthy causes but we did raise some for the Ryan Lee Trust and this too gives me personal satisfaction because I was determined to not let Shaun and Deb down.

“I discussed the idea for the jam with Ian ‘Jock’ Campbell before he sadly passed away and it gives me great satisfaction that it turned out the way it did, I think Ian would have really enjoyed it.

“It would be unfair for me to take all the credit because I was not alone in organising the event, I had huge help from a variety of people and without them it would not have happened.”

On Facebook, people have hailed the event as ‘fantastic’ and ‘brilliant’.

Kev Stringer said: “A fantastic day, Kimberley had a great atmosphere and with more publicity next year could be a full weekend, great effort and well supported.”

Neil Smith said: “Brilliant day, thank you to everyone who organised it!”

Organisers are still busy totting up how much was raised from the event.