Pub owner steps in to save beach concert

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A LONG standing publican has stumped up £3,000 to prevent time being called on the popular Hastings free beach concert event.

Bob Falconer, owner of the Carlisle pub in Pelham Crescent, answered a call for financial help to save the concert from being scrapped.

Earlier this year the Observer told how the concert’s organising committee needed £3,000 to put on this summer’s event.

It has been running since 1988 when it was believed to have been started by the late musician John Martin down at the fishing winch sheds.

The event was in doubt this year through a lack of funding.

Mr Falconer is a champion of live local music and was keen to make sure bands could take advantage of the concert.

He has run the Carlisle since 2007 and many other pubs in the town since the 1980s.

He said: “The Carlisle is synonymous with good, live music and we feel the concert is an event worth keeping going.

“A lot of local bands get involved and it gives them a chance to play in front of a much bigger crowd of more than 500 people.

“It also raises much needed funds for the RNLI.”

Mr Falconer will run a beer tent on site and aims to help raise funds for the RNLI.

The concert will run on Saturday August 3 from 2pm to 9pm and Sunday from 1pm to 8pm.

The headline act on Saturday will be a band called 90% Proof while Blair will headline on Sunday evening.

Alan Smith, lead organiser of the event, said: “We thought we were down and out and then Bob stepped in.

“We are really grateful to him and so are the bands that had committed.

“The event is very popular and this will be our 25th so we want to make it bigger and better than ever before.

“It’s completely free but we’ve raise thousands for the RNLI through bucket collections.

“We’re a month behind but will pull out all the stops to make it another weekend to remember.”