Crowds Rock out for Ravenscliffe and in memory of staff’s son

RichFest 2014

RichFest 2014

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Friends and family of a talented young musician who died suddenly held a music festival in his memory.

Crowds rocked out at the annual RichFest music tribute concert organised by the parents and family of Richard Greenwood, following the 13-year-old’s death in 2011.

RichFest 2014

RichFest 2014

Parents Phil and Sally say the annual festival is an opportunity for Richard’s loved ones to come together and celebrate his life as well as an opportunity to raise money for a chosen charity.

More than £5,000 was raised towards the Ravenscliffe@SpringHall campaign - to build a new sixth form centre for Calderdale’s only special high school students.

Crowds, of more than 500 people, were entertained at the annual event by returning acts such as Small Words, Flaming Dragon and Avenue, as well as new up and coming talent including performances from The Write to Record, The Brigantes, Native Creep and The Phillers.

Young Ravenscliffe High School students Isaac, Zac, James and Macauley stole the show with a fantastic medley of songs which got the whole crowd going, said Phil.

RichFest 2014

RichFest 2014

Guests also enjoyed a variety of mouth watering real ales supplied from local breweries as part of a special beer festival which washed down curry courtesy of Kiplings, Sowerby Bridge.

Face painting put a smile on everyone’s face and guests gathered for an emotional and reflective group moment when red balloons were released in memory of the former North Halifax Grammar School student and keen sportsman, pictured.

Ravenscliffe was this year’s chosen beneficiary and is also where Phil now works full-time following a recent career change.

Richard’s sister Rosanna, who helped her parents organise the event, said: “My dad started volunteering at Ravenscliffe a year ago and now he works there. It is the most magical, uplifiting place and we’re happy the school is benefiting in my brother’s memory.”

Ravenscliffe head teacher Martin Moorman, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amount raised - the money will make a significant and lasting difference to some of Calderdale’s most vulnerable young people.”

Courier readers can watch video highlights of RichFest by searching Vimeo RichFest 14 online.