Organiser 'blown away' by support for Tazfest music festival
THE organiser of a Wincanton music festival conceived in memory of a friend has been "blown away" by local support.
Allie Munford has helped mastermind the evolution of Tazfest for the last five years.
To her surprise, more than 600 people recently attended this year's event, held at The White Horse Hotel.
The festival was first held in 2007 in memory of Terry 'Taz' McCann who was killed following a collision with a van while cycling home to Woolston from Wincanton.
His friends got together to celebrate his life through his biggest passions – local bands and rock music.
Miss Munford believes her friend will be "beaming with pride" at the event organised in his memory.
She said: "We wanted to do something in his memory. We suggested something like a bench but didn't think that was suitable, so I proposed a gig and it's gone from there.
"It's the memory of Taz that keeps us going every year. He will have been so happy to see how many people came this year.
"His mother texted me after the event and said how pleased he would have been.
"I can't get over how many people turned out and supported us. It was the best festival yet.
"The response we've had from the local community makes all the organisation and hard work worthwhile. I've already started planning next year's festival."
Since 2007, a team of volunteers including Josh White, Lee Vincent, David Munford and Steve Naylor have helped organise the one-day festival in memory of their friend.
More than 600 people attended the festival throughout the day.
The event raised more than £1,000 to be shared between the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, The Balsam Centre and Friends of Wincanton Community Hospital.
Paul Symes, landlord of The White Horse Hotel, said: "The event went really well. We always give them the pub garden to use and let them organise it as they want.
"It is a great event and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves."
Visitors enjoyed an array of local musical talent including headliners StopGoSixty, who have recently been on tour with boy band McFly.
Special thanks were given to The White Horse, Wincanton Logistics, Happy Bouncers, South West Staging, Niki Stephen and Emma Kingston.
Mentions were also given to James Lye, Tony Dunn, Sam Lye, Clemency Stanford-Tuck, Andy Aitken, Stephanie Pickerill, Sandra McCann, Hannah Hathaway, Bonnie Aitken and Tim Bullock.