Charmouth Youth Club’s fundraiser extravaganza with special guest the Glastonbury Festival boss and Somerset dairy farmer Michael Eavis was a spectacular success.

An evening of music, a talk by Michael and an auction of experiences raised over £3,500 on the night, all of which will go towards the reopening of the Youth Club which was closed as part of the Dorset Council cuts of 2016.

The event was opened by Ruby Dew, a local young singer/songwriter who performed her own songs and a cover of the classic ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. She was accompanied by Felix Thompson on double bass and their performance captivated the audience and Michael too, who was very impressed with their set.

Mr Eavis then took to the stage and shared stories of the early days of the festival, the farm and his cows, and more recent Glastonbury highlights even hinting at the headliners still to confirm who will join Paul McCartney for the 50th birthday of the festival in 2020. He took questions from the crowd and addressed all the queries , only sidestepping the issue of who he wouldn’t invite back to perform. ‘I don’t think that’s an issue, I think they’re all dead’, he laughed in typical Somerset humour as dry as the best farmhouse cider.

The 84 year old then treated the audience to a selection of songs from the set he performed at Glastonbury 2019. Local man and Chair of Trustees at Charmouth Youth Club Pete Wild is his regular pianist and they were joined by Pyramid stage veteran Richard Brunton on electric guitar and local young drummer Ruben Wild, Richard’s grandson.

Michael sang songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Elvis, the classic ‘Send in the Clowns’ and finished by inviting the audience for a singalong version of ‘Goodnight Irene’.

As the auction began Michael sat in the crowd and signed books and posed for photographs while Charmouth’s redoubtable Russ Pearce sold the lots supplied by local businesses and residents. His fun and effective style helped buyers to snap up some fantastic items and experiences whileenjoyed the beautifully prepared canapés.

The last live music act of the night were local young band Velveteen Vigilantes, whose lively set was cheered by the crowd. As Michael Eavis left the building his parting shot was to offer all the young musicians who performed to go to audition for him in the coming months with an opportunity to play at the festival or other events he promotes. An exciting proposition for any musician of any age!

The remaining audience took to the dance floor for the last hour or so as the disco ended the evening.

This was a real night to remember for those present , with performances from local people as young as 14 and famous faces as old as 84, all helping the local community on their mission to reopen their youth club.

The organisers of this event would like to thank to all those who helped on the day or on the run up to their event.

A huge thanks also to all who gave auction items and raffle prizes or supplied goods or services for free to the event:

Swim South West, Courtguard Cafe, Dorset Massage, Adrain Gray, Tierra Kitchen, Yoga with Anna, River Cottage, South Westerly, Gill Meller, Yoga Jo, Dave and Julie, Abode,The George, Sea Lily, Westburys of Dorset, Fit Again,Bridport Leisure centre, Morgans of Charmouth, Seaton Tramway,Rockburn Climbing Centre, Robot Pizzas, Red Brick cafe, Esther Wyatt, Pecorama, Fernhill Hotel, Pam Ladd, Coldplay, Treetops At The Tunnel, Coastal Survival , Marie and Andrew Oldham, Lyme Regis rib ride, Si Emmett Photography, Kevin Pratt, The Marine Theatre, Tim Hurn, Harry May Fishing Trips, Richard Hewlett, JSW Productions, Haynes Museum ,Herringbone, Venturain Media, Black Cow Vodka, Lyme Bay winery, Otter Brewery, Charmouth Stores (Nisa),The Royal Oak (Charmouth).