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Tickets on sale for Fakenham The Maltings Day Centre’s first music festival Fitzfest in memory of member Chris





Tickets are now on sale for a charity’s all-day family music festival in memory of one of its members who passed away.

The very first FitzFest, with live music, a funfair, food and stalls is set to come to Fakenham Rugby Club on Saturday, July 20.

Hosted by The Maltings Day Centre, money raised from the event will go towards its many ongoing projects including getting a new defibrillator - an idea that came to light after losing member Chris (Big Dave) last year, who staff describe as an “absolutely brilliant” person.

Headlining is hard/modern rock band The Black Shucks
Headlining is hard/modern rock band The Black Shucks

“In town, you have to get a code from the emergency services to use the defibs, which takes time even though it’s just up the road from us, and unfortunately, Chris died in the building,” said Rachel Lewis, a support worker and organiser of the event.

If bought, the new defibrillator will be kept on-site to ensure that something like this never happens to anyone again.

Rachel first brought up the idea of a music festival in a staff meeting last year, and after getting support from manager Kerensa Palmer and deputy manager Toby Sutherland, FitzFest has been made a reality.

“Everybody loves a bit of live music, and with Covid, people couldn’t go and see a band,” she added.

Headlining will be The Black Shucks, a hard/modern rock band, who in the past have played at Reepham Festival.

Tickets are £15 and can be purchased here.

Kerensa Palmer, Toby Sutherland and Rachel Lewis
Kerensa Palmer, Toby Sutherland and Rachel Lewis
The event is being held at Fakenham Rugby Club. Picture: Google Maps
The event is being held at Fakenham Rugby Club. Picture: Google Maps

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