Soul, funk and disco beats play out at Summer Soulstice Festival in Mays Lane

This Is Local London: Cherry Lodge Cancer Care volunteers take the opportunity to speak to festival-goers about the work they do. Cherry Lodge Cancer Care volunteers take the opportunity to speak to festival-goers about the work they do.

Hundreds of families danced to the rhythm at this year’s Summer Soulstice Festival.

The event has been running for eight years at the Old Elizabethans sports ground in Mays Lane, Underhill, where hundreds of people turn out to enjoy live music and raise money for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care.

Festival-goers enjoyed everything from soul, funk and disco to jazz-dance and northern soul on Saturday.

Among the crowds was MP for Chipping Barnet Theresa Villiers, who said: “I have been coming to the Summer Soulstice Festival for some years now and I always get the warmest of welcomes.

“This event supports a great cause and gets bigger and better every year, with around 4,000 attending the 2014 festival.

“I pay tribute to all the volunteers who make this event possible and who have raised so much money. I also very much welcome the efforts being made to try to minimise the impact of the festival on local residents."

The Summer Soulstice was set up by the friends and family of Andy Weekes, who grew up in Barnet and played football, cricket and rugby at the Old Elizabethans sports ground in the 1980s.

Mr Weekes died of cancer in 2006. The festival was created to play the music he loved and raise money for Cherry Lodge.

Over the years the festival has helped raise more than £100,000 for the charity, which is based in High Barnet.

The first concert was held in 2007 at Barnet Elizabethans RFC, before it was relocated to Old Elizabethans sports ground.

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