A REMARKABLE charity concert in the heart of the Dales will hold its tenth anniversary event this year, two years late, but organisers are determined to smash their £92,500 record of money already raised for charity.

The Barn That Rocks was started by farmer Peter Fall and his family at their home, Grazing Nook Farm, Patrick Brompton, near Bedale to raise money for charities close to their hearts, particularly the Friarage Hospital.

A dedicated music fan, he was determined to organise an event where friends and visitors could have a good time, after meeting people at funerals and bemoaning the fact that they only ever met up on sad occasions.

Tickets for this year’s concert on June 25 go on sale this weekend. It is two years late, but Peter is determined it will be as impressive as ever.

“In 2020 we were due to celebrate a decade of concerts when the pandemic hit and all events had to be cancelled,” he said. “It was devastating all the arrangements had been made for the Barn that Rocks and we had to abandon the whole thing.

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“In 2021 we thought we could surely go ahead and we started making arrangements and we couldn’t hold that either. So this year we were determined to stage the Barn that Rocks if we possibly could and now we’re going ahead we’re really excited, it takes a lot of organising and we feel a real responsibility to make sure people have a good time.

“There has been tremendous enthusiasm and support. So many people are putting the date in their diary to have something to look forward to and enjoy, after everything that has happened over the past two years. It is a family event, all under cover, for people aged eight to 80 with popular songs to suit all tastes.

“I am delighted to say we are supporting Friends of the Friarage again this year. Exciting and positive times lie ahead for the Friarage Hospital as old buildings make way for new. The Friends will be actively involved with these new developments and we want to do our bit to help."

The concert includes all music genres, including pop, rock, punk, soul, R'nB', funk and more with seven hours of live music performed by four bands. They are the Replicants, STAX, The Fix and Bang ! Bang ! Bang !.

Wristbands bought for the 2020 concert are still valid, although Peter is asking people to change them for new ones. Wristbands are available from Grazing Nook Farm, Food Weighouse in Bedale and Gilsan Sports in Leyburn.