Triumphant return for Hops in the Garden

Triumphant return for Hops in the Garden

After a successful debut in 2016, East Lothian music festival, Hops in the Garden, has increased the amount raised for local charity Leuchie House by over 25% in its second year.

The music and ale festival held at Archerfield Walled Garden on Saturday 19 August netted £6,300 for the national respite centre, up from £5,000 in 2016.

Over 600 people attended the event, enjoying a rich mix of national and local talent from all musical genres. 

Acclaimed Scottish singer Fiona Kennedy was the headline act and said she was “delighted to be doing this for Leuchie – a light in so many lives.” At the end of her set she encouraged the audience to give the charity their backing – “You have a real gem right here in your patch. Please give them your support in any way you can.”

The crowd also enjoyed performances from The Retrophones, Spirit of Skiffle, The Prov Johnstone Band, Ron Shaw, Esk Valley Swing Band, Andrew Hunter, Hugh Kelly, Leonheart, North Berwick Pipe Band and children’s entertainer Mr Boom. Taking place in the grounds of Archerfield Walled Garden near Dirleton, Fiona was inspired to play at the event when she heard it was in support of national respite centre, Leuchie House.

The festival has been led for the past two years by consultant surgeon and amateur musician, Simon Paterson-Brown, who performed at the event as part of The Prov Johnstone Band. He said afterwards:  “What a great day! A huge thank you to Fiona Kennedy and her backing band for a tremendous show which was hugely appreciated by the crowd. Everyone was so supportive of the day, the acts and the charity which made for a fantastic atmosphere and a really special occasion. Definitely encouragement for another one!”

The money raised by the event will go to provide respite breaks at Leuchie House for people living with MS, Parkinson’s, stroke and a wide range of other long term conditions.

Lana Bambridge, Leuchie’s fundraising development manager said: “It was great to see the community come out in such numbers to be involved in Hops again this year, and to support Leuchie House. We’d like to thank all the wonderful acts who took part, giving their time and their talents for free. And a special mention to our partners Archerfield Walled Garden, Knops Beer Company and East Lothian Council, as well as our sponsors Charles Stanley Wealth Managers, TGR Import and Export and Urquharts Edinburgh whose support and involvement helped make the day such a great success.”