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Bucks Fizz play EACH Treehouse Appeal gig at Westhorpe
By Andrew Woodger
BBC Suffolk

Bucks Fizz, 2010
Bucks Fizz 2010 - Paul, Heidi, Tammy and Bobby G, still removing skirts

Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz are to headline a barn concert in aid of the EACH Treehouse Appeal.

The band, of which Bobby G is the only original member, are at Lodge Farm near Stowmarket on Saturday, 3 July, 2010.

All profits go to the fundraising campaign to build a new purpose-built children's hospice in Ipswich.

"To be raising money for a cause which will leave such a legacy in Suffolk is absolutely perfect for us," said Patrick Barker, of Westhorpe Events.

BBC Suffolk's breakfast presenter Mark Murphy suggested the farm raised money for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) Treehouse Appeal and he also suggested booking the headliners.

"This is all about having a great night out and having seen Bucks Fizz before they'll certainly do that for us," said Mark.

"I still have fond memories of watching the skirt-removing dance routine at the Eurovision Song Contest."

This Bucks Fizz is the version of the band which has kept going, with numerous line-up changes, since that Eurovision victory in 1981. Heidi, Paul and Tammy appear alongside Bobby G.

Another version of the band, The Original Bucks Fizz, are also still performing and feature original members Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston.

Bucks Fizz will be supported by Glamtasia and Sam & Daisy.

Sam & Daisy
Sam & Daisy are siblings from the Eye area who gig regularly in Suffolk

Keeping it local

Lodge Farm is at Westhorpe and they're trying to keep things local with support from Calvors Suffolk Lager and food supplied by Rolfes butchers of Walsham-le-Willows.

"We've been doing it for five years," said Patrick. "We've had The Wurzels twice, The Searchers and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

"Each time they've been raising money for a different charity - the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the DMK Association [building schools in Tanzania] and Children in Need.

"This year we're delighted to be raising money for the Treehouse Appeal.

"It's a traditional Suffolk working farm. At this time of year, both our grain stores are empty and it's a bit like having a do in a big hangar, but there's room for everyone under cover.

"It's a very unique atmosphere and a very unique place to watch music. We deck it out with flags and banners so there's quite a lot to absorb the sound.

"When the place is really full, the sound's fantastic."

Tickets cost £18 which includes one free hog roast roll. Contact 07792 625348 for details or use the form below:

The Searchers at Lodge Farm, Westhorpe
The Searchers rock the Lodge Farm grainstore in 2009

Treehouse Appeal totaliser

BBC Suffolk is backing EACH's £3m fundraising effort to build a new hospice in east Ipswich serving Suffolk and north Essex.

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