A SUMMER festival evening is aiming to raise funds towards providing new experiences and enjoyment for nearly 250 West Cumbrian pupils.

The music event, which is for over 18s only, features local music acts, food stalls, as well as a Prosecco and Gin bar, can bar, ice-cream, cakes and face glitter stand.

Held at Mayfield School grounds in Whitehaven - on Friday, July 12 from 6-11pm - the money raised by the festival will go towards the Mayfield School Development Fund which benefits its students aged 4-19 years.

News and Star: Alexx Freitas will perform at Mayfield Summer FayreAlexx Freitas will perform at Mayfield Summer Fayre (Image: Submitted)

Carolyn Westnedge, assistant head and festival organiser, said: “We have been running the Mayfield Festival for the pupils since 2020. It is one of the highlights of our school calendar.

“It has proved so successful with pupils and staff that we thought this year we would also hold a festival in the evening for the grown-ups.

“The event is not just for parents but the whole community,’’ she added.  “We would love people to come along, have a great night and help support our pupils to be the best they can be.’’

News and Star: Joanne Ritson and Nicola Woodier of Solway Sound MachineJoanne Ritson and Nicola Woodier of Solway Sound Machine (Image: Submitted)

The school is currently planning to provide a wide range of outdoor equipment for pupils at their Whitehaven and Cockermouth sites which will support play and physical development.

Sponsored by Altrad, the Festival includes a number of local musicians who have volunteered to take part.

Adam Amor, who is performing said: “I am really looking forward to the Festival, it will be a great night. I am always happy to help in way I can.’’

Another musician, Alexx Freitas, said: “I’m looking forward to playing at Mayfield as this is the type of event that I used to go to when I was at school that sparked my interest in music.’’

News and Star: Graham CarruthersGraham Carruthers (Image: Submitted)

Ged Hagen, who will be performing at both the day and evening events, said: “I had the pleasure to go into the school a couple of times a week and take part in some of the lessons, seeing first-hand the amazing work the staff were doing and the effect it had on the pupils.’’

Singer Graham Carruthers said: “The members of the Mayfield team are a fantastic group of people, who are caring and dedicated to the children they look after.’’

Brian Melville, of Jo-Ni and the Solway Sound Machine which also includes Joanne Ritson and Nicola Woodier, said: “We perform an eclectic mix of songs from the 1930s up to the 2020s.

“We are happy to help the school in some small way.’’

Tickets are £10 and available from EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mayfield-festival-tickets-882942553947