Festival will honour one of Stradbroke’s own

Hemmingway take to the stage at Stradisphere 2014. ANL-150605-110108001

Hemmingway take to the stage at Stradisphere 2014. ANL-150605-110108001

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A pair of the leading tribute acts in Europe will make an appearance at the returning Stradisphere festival later this year in a bid to raise funds in honour of Private James Grigg.

This year’s incarnation of the festival, which will take place on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at the village’s cricket field, will host performances from Bury St Edmunds-based Killers tribute act The Fillers, and QII, who pay homage to the legendary Queen.

Proceeds will be donated to Help the Heroes. Pte Grigg, of Stradbroke, served in the Royal Anglian Regiment and was killed in action in Afghanistan in March 2010.

Co-organiser Jo Bamber told the Diss Express: “James was a part of the community as much as anybody but it was a tragic thing for the village to lose someone in such a way.

“We have servicemen and women in the village and it did touch a lot of people.

“He was my friend and my husband was also in the army so it’s quite a personal cause as well.

“Last year was a great success for our first year, we could not have wished for anymore.

“We had a lot of local support and we think we had about 750 people there over the whole weekend.”

There will be a range of local acts from East Anglia, including Eva Black, Little Red Kings and Hemmingway, while fans of BBC’s The Voice may recognise Bunny Tan, who made an appearance on the show last year.

Camping is also available at the weekend.

As well as the music, a wide variety of stalls will be selling goods, from hand made jewellery to plant pots and skin care products, and activities, such as a bouncy castle and bungee basketball, will be on offer.

A spokesperson for the event added: “As well as a fantastic range of musical talent, there will also be some wonderful food and trade stalls available along with rides and inflatables for all ages.

“Designed for all genres and for all generations, Stradisphere hopes to build on its already great reputation for its quality in music and professional look.”

n For more information on Stradisphere, or to buy tickets and camping, visit www.stradisphere.co.uk