Heart of the Lion in Bicker beats for heart centre

Lion Fest 2016 at Ye Olde Red Lion pub, Bicker, with guests
Marion Garton, Alex Lee, Daisy Ross, Tony Kiss, Kevin and Angie Large.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Lion Fest 2016 at Ye Olde Red Lion pub, Bicker, with guests Marion Garton, Alex Lee, Daisy Ross, Tony Kiss, Kevin and Angie Large. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Bank holiday music and fundraising event at village pub for KeeptheBeat charity

A roar from the heart could be heard across Bicker on Sunday as a village brought families together for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Lion Fest at Ye Olde Red Lion in Bicker featured live rock, soul, funk, reggae and folk music in the beer garden, a circus skills workshop and young jazz pianist Isabella King (11) of Donington.

The day raised more than £300 for Leicestershire-based KeeptheBeat, a charity helping families with children affected by heart defects.

Organiser Helen Duffy said: “It was our busiest Lion Fest so far, with a really good crowd of about 300 to 400 people who came along on a day when the weather managed to stay nice.

“We had an additional guest performance from Isabella who showed us what an amazingly talented and inspirational young person she is.”

Lion Fest was also the stage for a static marathon bike ride for KeeptheBeat by heart surgery patient and Ye Olde Red Lion supporter Chantilly Milverton (21) of Boston.

Chantilly Milverton gets ready for her static marathon bike ride in aid of family heart support charity KeeptheBeat.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Chantilly Milverton gets ready for her static marathon bike ride in aid of family heart support charity KeeptheBeat. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Chantilly, who did the bike ride in one hour 33 minutes, said: “Lion fest was truly amazing and I’d just like to say how truly overwhelmed I was with all the support and kind donations

“It couldn’t have gone better and everyone there was so generous in encouraging me.”

It was our busiest Lion Fest so far, with a really good crowd of about 300 to 400 people who came along on a day when the weather managed to stay nice

Helen Duffy of Green Welly Inns
Leonard Hutton enjoys the pub's beer garden.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Leonard Hutton enjoys the pub's beer garden. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Ava Massey at the family fun day organised by Green Welly Inns. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Ava Massey at the family fun day organised by Green Welly Inns. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Singer and guitarist 
Alex Flannagan of Weston.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Singer and guitarist Alex Flannagan of Weston. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A family enjoys the music in the Ye Olde Red Lion's beer garden.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

A family enjoys the music in the Ye Olde Red Lion's beer garden. Photo by Tim Wilson.

James Doolan, Jack Houlgate, Shelbie Chamberlain, Jenni Booth, Laura Smith, Jason Hall and Alice Storer.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

James Doolan, Jack Houlgate, Shelbie Chamberlain, Jenni Booth, Laura Smith, Jason Hall and Alice Storer. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Kerry Goode, Jill Linehan, Mick Pickwell, James Singleton, Phil and Daniella Featherstone, with Patricia Baxter.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Kerry Goode, Jill Linehan, Mick Pickwell, James Singleton, Phil and Daniella Featherstone, with Patricia Baxter. Photo by Tim Wilson.