Charity football match a prelude to LeeStock Festival

The Leestock United play in the annual fundraising match in build up to the LeeStock Festival agains

The Leestock United play in the annual fundraising match in build up to the LeeStock Festival against the White Horse Razors at the Great Cornard Football Club on Saturday, 16 May. - Credit: Su Anderson

Final preparations are being made for one of the county’s most popular music festivals, which takes place this weekend in memory of a young musician who died in 2006 after a brave battle with cancer.

The annual LeeStock Festival, which will be held at Long Melford Hall this Saturday and Sunday, was started in 2007 by the friends and family of 21-year-old Sudbury man Lee Dunford.

The festival raises money for the Willow Foundation which provides special days for seriously-ill young adults, including Lee shortly before he died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

This year, 26 acts will perform over the two days including headliners Scouting For Girls. Local performers Alan Bonner, The Abstracts and Lemon Party will feature alongside artists from across Suffolk including last year’s favourites Dumbfoundus.

In the lead up to the festival, several related events have taken place including a fundraising football match – the Lee Dunford memorial cup – at Cornard United Football Club in Blackhouse Lane on Sunday. Local team, the Melford Razors triumphed over Leestock United 5-3.

The football theme will continue at the festival with the “Leestocker Soccer” challenge. Participants will get five shots at the target goal and gain one point for yellow, two for purple and five points for red. Prizes will be given out all weekend, with a final league table on the Sunday and a potential shoot-out between the weekend’s winners to crown the Leestocker Soccer 2015 champion.

Prizes so far include five laps in a hovercraft from Flo-ridaz in Bury, a personalised photo book from Ark design and a meal for two at the White Horse in Sudbury. Also this week, Lee’s mum Rosie Dunford had a tattoo created on her foot in memory of her son.

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The tattoo bears the words “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, which was one of Lee’s favourite songs. The song title also appears on Lee’s headstone.

Mrs Dunford said: “Several of the boys who organise LeeStock had tattoos on their chests and I always joked that I would get one done. Because I’ve agreed to have a tattoo on my foot – which will be very painful and a reminder of what Lee had to go through when he was ill – they have raised a lot of money for the charity.”

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