Pub’s u-turn over festival

Organisers of a music festival in Eastwood are delighted after a town pub did a U-turn over its decision to take part.

Bosses at the Lady Chatterley initially said they would not be taking part in the music festival to celebrate the birth of the town’s famous son, DH Lawrence.

Organiser Chris Barlow said he was “gutted” and called it a “great shame”, because the pub is named after the writer’s most famous novel and is in a prominent position in town.

But he says he is now “over the moon” they have changed their minds.

“I’m really pleased,” he said. “It will be great for the festival.”

Staff at The Lady Chatterley initially said they could not agree to having a band inside the pub “due to space”.

But a spokesman for the JD Wetherspoon pub has now said they are happy for a musician to play outside.

It is the second year a music festival will be hosted in the town in honour of the famous writer.

Musicians will perform in 13 pubs and venues between 1pm and 11pm on September 10 – with a bus available to take people from one place to the next.

Chris said: “It’s great to get Lawrence’s name out there and celebrate his birthday.

“Most events put on are for 30 or 40 people, but this gets so many people involved because it’s a festival.

“It can bring people into the town from further afield as well which is obviously great for the town’s economy.

“Last year the chip shop owners said they had not seen the town that busy in years.”

Chris, who runs open mic nights in the area, launched the event last year but on a smaller scale.

He said: “We’ve upped the ante a bit this year. I’m an Eastwood lad, so I’m really proud to have something up and running like this. Hopefully it will get better each year.”

Singers and musicians will arrive from across the area.

Venues taking part include The Sun Inn, Dunn-Lite, The Wellington, The Conservative Club, The Horse and Groom, The Hayloft, The White Lion, The New Inn, The Great Northern, The Tap and Growler, The Forester Arms and Eastwood Baptist Church.

The Lady Chatterley will not appear on promotional materials, as they were drawn up before it agreed to take part.