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Hertford Music Festival sowing the seeds of love with Mudlarks

PUBLISHED: 19:49 19 August 2018 | UPDATED: 20:41 19 August 2018

Hertford Music Festival's Jo Asker, HMF co-chairman Rob Guinn, Faye Amber Wray from Mudlarks/Lou Goubrious & The Orjazzms, Vic Hobson, Mudlarks' managing director, and Kev Saunders, HMF co-chairman. Picture: Steve Beeston Photography.

Hertford Music Festival's Jo Asker, HMF co-chairman Rob Guinn, Faye Amber Wray from Mudlarks/Lou Goubrious & The Orjazzms, Vic Hobson, Mudlarks' managing director, and Kev Saunders, HMF co-chairman. Picture: Steve Beeston Photography.

Steve Beeston Photography

August Bank Holiday weekend’s Musical Mystery Tour in Hertford will be sowing the seeds of love with charity Mudlarks.

Getting literally back down to earth, Hertford Music Festival organisers have teamed up with the Hertford-based charity this year.

“We’re pleased to announce that this year for the first time we’ve hooked up with a charity partner for the Musical Mystery Tour,” said HMF co-chairman Kev Saunders, “namely our mates at Mudlarks, who’ll be around to hand out programmes, act as ‘wayfinders’ and, we hope, accept your generous donations!”

The annual Musical Mystery Tour will take place in the county town on Sunday, August 26.

The all-day festival will see more than 150 acts perform at various venues across Hertford, with the musical treat attracting thousands to the town centre.

Mudlarks’ Vic Hobson said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for the music festival.

“So many people are involved in the festival that it is an amazing opportunity for us as a Hertford-based charity to promote the work that we do to the whole community.

“Our allotment site is now open five days a week, with over 160 people enjoying horticultural therapy and training.

“Our gardening teams are busy with the castle and town council gardens, and helping elderly people to keep their gardens looking beautiful.”

Vic added: “Our cafe is also busy providing training and employment for people with learning disabilities, as well as serving fabulous cakes and vegetarian food.

“We are always looking for volunteers and help with fundraising, so if anyone would like to be involved, please get in touch.”

HMF co-chairman Kev Saunders also thanked the Musical Mystery Tour’s various backers, including headline sponsors Adaptor Clothing, as well as Rivertown Brewing, Duffield Harrison Solicitors and Hertford brewery McMullen.

He said: “Yeah we know it’s a cliché, but we really couldn’t do this without all our funding partners and sponsors, new and old.”

Kev also praised stalwart sponsors Steve Beeston Photography/Brass Tacks web design, Couvre-Feu, Waterpoint, Hertford Planning Service, Hertford Town Council, Call Print and Gig Gear, as well as Media Alive for designing the programme.

• For the latest festival news, visit www.hertfordmusicfestival.co.uk

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