A PUB is planning a festival to raise funds for Britain’s wounded soldiers.
The Travelling Man, in Newcastle Road, West Boldon, is holding Boldon Bandfest in June in aid of Help for Heroes.
The music extravaganza will take place all day in a marquee at the back of the pub and will feature six local bands.
It will be the second time the pub has staged Bandfest and bar manager Davy Guy is hoping it becomes a fixture in the watering hole’s calendar.
He said: “Last year was the first time we put the event on and it was a great success. We raised more than £5,000 for Help for Heroes.
“We decided to stage the event again and we hope it can become an annual thing.
“The bands were great last time and most of them have agreed to do it again.
“They are all playing for free, which is good of them.
“Hebburn’s Premier Scaffolding will be setting up the stage free.”
The bands playing on the day include Jarrow’s teenage pop-punks The Maverick Rejects, Boldon rock covers band The Sheridans and borough rockers The Enzymes.
Other bands include The Albino Crocodiles, whose drummer Paul Lindsay helped organise the event, Got Over It and Raine.
All money raised from ticket sales will go to Help for Heroes.
Davy added: “We didn’t always plan to raise money for Help for Heroes but when someone mentioned it last year there seemed to be a lot of support for it.
“There are lots of people who know or are related to someone in the forces and the charity is a great help for them.
“Hopefully we can match last year’s total.”
Bandfest will be held on Saturday, June 16. Tickets are £5 and can be booked by calling Davy at the pub on 536 3401 or from any of the band members.