Wurzels raise the wonga at Bridgwater floods benefit

Bridgwater Mercury: PHOTO: Steve Richardson. PHOTO: Steve Richardson.

COME April 1, a million pounds will have been raised by the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief Fund, thanks to the county’s fundraising efforts.

Last week The Wurzels, the West Country’s-own, chipped in in raucous fashion with a concert dedicated to adding to the community’s flood-relief pot.

Each song was a sing-along, deep-rooted in a deep love for ‘Good Old Somerset’.

When the crowd sang, it was with warm pride of place. Everyone, from pre-teens and white-haired men in flat caps to high-heeled young women and generations of Bridgwater women, reeling off lyrics word-for-word.

Barbie Sutherland, 70, from Bridgwater, said: “I just love the atmosphere The Wurzels create; you can sing all the songs.

“I think it’s absolutely brilliant they’ve done this. They’re West Country people so they must know how people have really suffered.”

Sue Gold from Yeovil added: “I love the Wurzels – and I want to help flood victims.”

While Susan Carpenter, who had trekked from Essex, said: “It’s very good they’re doing it.

“I drove across the Somerset Levels earlier – the floods have been so dreadful for the people and the farmland.”

Folk-stomping support act, Mad Dog Mcrea, got the crowd swarming the mosh pit earlier in the night with their calorie-burning cracker of a set.

From Tommy Banner, the longest-serving Wurzel, who stripped down to his thong towards the show’s end, to 80-year-old John Morgan, the oldest drummer in the land, the quad effortlessly raised the crowd’s spirits – and a scrumpy can to Adge Cutler, of course.

Justin Sargent, chief executive of the Somerset Community Foundation, addressed the audience with the running total (“At this moment we have raised £922,000 for the Somerset Levels”) and thanked the bands, the Palace and co, for laying on the show for free.

Visit www.somersetcf.org.uk to donate.

  • FOR the full spread of pictures from the night, taken by Steve Richardson, pick up this week's Mercury.

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4:51pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

It was a fantastic Night @ The Palace, the Audience were totally enthral led as Was I, it brought some great light relief to some friends from Moorland Village who were ones who's Lives were affected by this Atrocious Situation.
So, they could for a few hours at least, forget their troubles. !!!! So as to join in the evenings Musical Bands on Stage.
The Warm Up Band " Were Exceptional" I even bought their CD on the evening, a big Thank you to all involved in this Event, from the Palace Staff and of Course Mr Lilly, to the Wurzels, for agreeing to perform.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
It was a fantastic Night @ The Palace, the Audience were totally enthral led as Was I, it brought some great light relief to some friends from Moorland Village who were ones who's Lives were affected by this Atrocious Situation. So, they could for a few hours at least, forget their troubles. !!!! So as to join in the evenings Musical Bands on Stage. The Warm Up Band " Were Exceptional" I even bought their CD on the evening, a big Thank you to all involved in this Event, from the Palace Staff and of Course Mr Lilly, to the Wurzels, for agreeing to perform. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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3:19am Thu 27 Mar 14

Three Pots Derek says...

Well done to The Wurzels and the other acts, I didn't go but it sounds as though it was a goood night and for A VERY GOOD cause. Good Luck to all concerned.
Well done to The Wurzels and the other acts, I didn't go but it sounds as though it was a goood night and for A VERY GOOD cause. Good Luck to all concerned. Three Pots Derek
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