A Lynn band had climbers stopping for a sing-song on the top of Scafell Pike as they took on the challenge of playing the two highest gigs in England as part of a fundraising project.
Jimmy Rockit played an acoustic set up the mountain in the Lake District before heading straight to play a full set at England’s highest pub The Tan Hill Inn, in North Yorkshire.
The group, which is made up of three brothers – Zach, 22, Harrison, 19 and Frazer Stanford, 15, and their cousin, Bradley Carr, 20, were raising money to send drummer Frazer to Tanzania next summer as part of a charity project.
The group’s father, Mark Stanford, helped organise the event and joined the boys on the trip. He said: “It went really well, thanks to the lovely weather, and everyone had a great time.
“We had a group of 21 including the band, but hundreds of people who were up on the mountain stopped to watch when they stumbled across us. It must have been quite a shock to find the boys performing up the mountain!”
The boys, who are all keen walkers and climbers, were excited to combine their love of the great outdoors with their passion for music in this one-off performance.
After trekking up the mountain for four hours, they gave a 30-minute live set which was broadcast on their website and has already had more than 500 views. After a two-hour trip to North Yorkshire, the band headed on stage and played to a busy pub for a further two hours.
Mark said: “The boys gave a great performance at both sites and the crowd really enjoyed it, they were all singing along.
“They changed the lyrics for 500 Miles to 3,000ft in honour of the trip and their version of Brown Eyed Girl, which was pretty special, they changed it to Red Haired Girl for a girl in the audience.”
Their aim was to raise the rest of the £3,800 Frazer needed to pay for his trip to Tanzania where he will be helping to support a community.
Mark said: “Frazer had already raised some of the money through car boot sales and working with the band, but now thanks to the generosity of sponsorship and donations, we’re pretty sure we’re almost there! A huge thanks to the guys at the Tan Hill Inn for their help and donations.”
Frazer added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with sponsorship and to the team who came up there with us to show their support.”
Watch the performance and find out more about the challenge at www.highestgiginengland.co.uk