Thousands rock out at Rock at the Castle music festival

PUBLISHED: 12:37 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 10 August 2017

Rock at the Castle in Hertford

Rock at the Castle in Hertford


More than 10,000 visitors attended a free charity music festival in the county town.

Rock at the Castle in HertfordRock at the Castle in Hertford

Rock at the Castle attracted a bumper crowd on Sunday, August 6.

The annual festival is held in the grounds of Hertford Castle and started at 12.30pm with musicians and bands performing across four stages until 7.30pm.

It is the largest event held in the county town and attracts visitors from around the country.

Councillor Jane Sartin, chairman of the town council’s development and leisure committee, said: “The 2017 Rock at the Castle definitely goes down as one of the best.

Rock at the Castle in HertfordRock at the Castle in Hertford

“A huge amount of work goes into preparing for the event, and my sincere thanks goes to the staff of Hertford Town Council and all those involved in organising and playing the music.

“Thanks also to the many volunteers who tirelessly picked litter, marshalled the event and ensured everyone remained safe.”

The chosen charity to benefit this year was the Richard Hale School Appeal. A total of £3,559 was raised on the day.

Richard Hale School is celebrating the school’s 400th anniversary and donations will go towards fundraising to build and equip a state-of-the-art sports hall.

The new building will be an invaluable asset for the students and staff of the school.

Richard Hale School 2017 co-ordinator Sue Homan said: “On behalf of Richard Hale School we would like to thank Hertford Town Council for selecting us to be the event beneficiary.

“We are grateful for the support in the quest to raise funds for the much-needed sports hall.

“The school is delighted with the funds raised on a truly wonderful community day.

“Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.”

Headline sponsor McMullen’s Brewery generously donated £1 per pint of every McMullen ale sold on the day to the mayor of Hertford’s charity, the Ancient Charities of Hertford.

The next Hertford Town Council event at the Castle takes place on the afternoon of Sunday, August 20, when there will be tours of Hertford Castle and a brass band playing on the lawn.

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