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Entertainment: Hundreds party at PlumbFest 2 as bands rock Huddersfield town centre

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Live music rocked Huddersfield town centre as hundreds partied in the Easter sunshine at PlumbFest 2.

A huge crowd turned out for the rock and reggae concert hosted by Mark Robertson, owner of the Plumbers Arms. It was very much an all-age affair with everyone from little children to senior citizens joining in the community event.

The fun began at lunchtime and continued into the evening until 10pm with top bands, Natural Rhythm, Jagged Edge, Storm and Radioactive entertaining the crowds who completely filled the space outside the pub.

Thousands of pints were supped with an outdoor bar supplying an extra seven pumps of draught lagers and cider as well as selling chilled cans of Red Stripe and Coors lager. A team of eighteen staff worked non-stop endlessly filling plastic glasses with punters patiently waiting to be served.

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Event coordinator Gary Connor said: "Mark should be very proud of what was achieved today. He had a fantastic team around him who worked very hard including some volunteers and we brought Huddersfield back to life! There were hundreds of people here and there was not one bit of trouble all day and showed what can be done. It was a totally brilliant day and hopefully, we will see more of these events here later this year."

Dancing the evening away at Plumbfest 2 in Huddersfield town centre © Stephen Knight Dancing the evening away at Plumbfest 2 in Huddersfield town centre

Mark said: "It couldn't have gone any better and many thanks to everyone who made it such a successful day. We were fortunate with the weather and I'm looking forward to our next event - Plumbfest 3 - which will be held over two days to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee."

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Stephen Knight who helped organise the event said: "It was a great day and one that will live in the memory for some time. The weather was very kind to us and everyone I spoke to said what a great day they had had and was anxious to find out when the next event would be.

"Huddersfield deserves more live music events like this. It has always had a good reputation for putting on an eclectic range of bands and there is a real passion for this kind of thing. I lost count of the number of people who asked me when we would be putting on the next one!"

Plumbfest 2 in full swing at Plumbers Arms on Saturday, April 16, 2022 © Stephen Knight Plumbfest 2 in full swing at Plumbers Arms on Saturday, April 16, 2022

Richard Downey who runs Rock Cafe in Huddersfield town centre, said: "It looked great and that event brought a lot of people into the town and was a good spin-off for us! He should do another next Bank Holiday."

Jack Brook, a 33-year-old engineer from Marsh, said: "I've come down with my family today and it's been great fun. It's been a very friendly atmosphere in the best traditions and despite all the alcohol consumed there's been no hint of any trouble whatsoever."

And Lisa Carroll from Denby Dale added: "My friend Pam and I have had a great time. The bands have been excellent and it's been a really nice atmosphere. The only problem all day was the queue for the Ladies!"

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