Jam is becoming a ‘bona fide event’ on calendar of festivals

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Organisers have hailed the success of the latest Kimberley Jam festival after admitting how proud they are proud of how enormous the event has become.

The festival sees bands playing in pubs all over Kimberley for one day in June each year.

With the success of this year’s event, organiser Stewart Bain is now looking at starting to run it as more of a “bona fide organisation”.

Stewart says: “It gets busier every year as it grows and becomes more well known and more established.

“The first year it was just Kimberley locals in the pubs and now you see people coming from Nottingham, Ilkeston, Langley Mill and beyond.

“It’s part of the festival calendar for people now.

“People recognise it as a bona fide event.

“We are going to make some alterations next year in the way in which the festival is run.

“It’s become a very big animal to deal with now and we want to become a bit more business like about it.

“We want to become a bona fide organisation really.

“I would like to see us become a charitable trust in our own right. It’s something we are exploring.

“It would allow us to raise more money and have more flexibility with how the money raised is issued.”

Stewart, of Little Lane, Kimberley, says he is “ proud” of what the festival had become.

He says: “It still amazes me every year that we manage to do it.

“It’s amazing. It’s one of my proudest things I’ve ever done to be honest.”

Money is raised for youth charities in the town.

This year the £3,183 raised was more than ever – last year the takings were £2,300.

And the turnout gets bigger and bigger each year as well. About 1,500 people turned up to the event last Saturday.

The festival raised money for the Kimberley Scouts, Kimberley Girl Guides and Kimberley Miners’ Welfare Youth football Team.

Stewart says: “We decided they were the charities we wanted to go for this year as they were three really good charities.

“It’s a Kimberley festival and if you are going to put money back into the town I think supporting groups for young people is a good option.

“Most people in Kimberley have either got kids in one of these places, or have been there themselves.”

Kimberley Jam started five years ago as a tribute to Ian Campbell, or Jock as he was locally known.

Ian, a music lover and town councillor, was well loved in Kimberley and died suddenly aged 52.

He had suggested the idea for a festival in Kimberley just two weeks before his death, and his friends took the idea on.

Stewart says: “Ian was a really good friend and an inspiration really.”

New to this year’s jam was an all day northern soul event at Kettlebrook Lodge, and an open mic at The Coffee Lounge.

The organisers of the Kimberley Jam are Stewart Bains, Ellis Tansley, Trevor Rood, Roger Kerry, Nina Douglas and Graham Cooke.