Organisers salute another 'brilliant' Wellifest showpiece

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 28 June 2021

The delighted organisers of the sold-out family music festival Wellifest praised the dedicated team who helped stage the event.

Saturday's festival, staged in bright sunshine at Well-i-Hole farm in Greenfield, was organised by Oldham Metro and Saddleworth Rotary Clubs, with all funds raised donated to local charities and good causes.

Frank Bolger, from Oldham Metro, and Anthony Burke, from Saddleworth Rotary, are co-chairs of the festival.

They said: “It was a brilliant day.

"The feedback from attendees was so positive. 

"It was so gratifying to see so many enjoy a small taste of near normality in safety.

“Our thanks go to members and friends of Dovestones WI and Saddleworth RT, our young volunteers, and family and friends of our two organising Rotary groups.

“Our ethos is very much about creating opportunities for local bands and providing opportunities for young people to express themselves through the medium of music. 

“While we have been unable this year to run music auditions for young performers in local schools, our ethos has been kept very much alive.

“It was wonderful to see 11-year-old Elijah Butterworth and Imogen Flint take to the stage with a previous audition winner from 2019, Liberty Eaton.

“Our sincere thanks also go to our sponsors of WelliFest and Saddleworth Show, without whose support the event couldn't happen.

“And we would like to thank Well-i-Hole farm and camp site, our venue hosts, for their help and support throughout the planning and, at the event, our local police who did a great job helping at the event and on traffic support.”

The organisers added: “All the event profits go to support local good causes and Rotary charities as all the helpers are unpaid volunteers.

“We now look forward to a restriction-free Saddleworth Show on September 19 when we hope to welcome thousands of visitors to celebrate a great family day out.

“There will be many free attractions, from circus skills to sand art, our dog show to Punch and Judy, plus much more.”

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