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Ashfest music festival at The Beach in Seaside Avenue, Minster, remembers VC hero James Ashworth

Musicians are preparing to entertain crowds at a free pub beach party to raise money for charity.

Ashfest 2014 will be held at the Beach Bar and Hotel in Seaside Avenue, Minster, from midday today in aid of the Victoria Cross Trust.

It’s in memory of L Cpl James Ashworth, 23, who was posthumously awarded the country’s highest military honour after he died serving with the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan in June 2012.

The Rockin' Decades will be playing at Ash Fest today
The Rockin' Decades will be playing at Ash Fest today

His dad, Duane runs, the pub and is a member of the trust, which is working to restore the graves of VC heroes across the country.

There was previously no funding to keep them up to scratch, but the campaign has now been given £100,000 worth of government support.

Ashfest is being organised by musician Sean Hanna, and there will also be a hog roast, bouncy castle, raffle and stalls.

The line-up includes Graham Okey; Herne Bay country singer Ashley Crane, Gravesend blues singer Paul Cook and his band, Sheppey DJ Paul ‘Doc’ Fox and the Electronic Avenue Disco.

The Rockin’ Decades (formerly the Wrinklies) will make their Sheppey debut with new singer Lucy Freeman. Essex covers band Overdue and Dartford indie favourites The Upst*rts are also on the bill.

For more information, search Ashfest2014 on Twitter or Facebook.

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