From left, fundraisers Chris Harris, Matthew Turner, landlord Malcolm Crowle, Chelsea Turner, Angela Turner and fundraiser Jake Rigby.
MUSIC A PUB landlady has galvanised a community to support her weekend of music and fun.
Dawn Coleman, who runs the Solent Inn, Ryde, was moved by the plight of tiny tot Chelsea Turner and decided to do all she could to support the appeal to bring some joy to Chelsea’s life.
Dawn sought the support of musicians who play at her pub, which has a reputation for live music, and has a programme running right through the weekend — which traditionally attracts thousands of scooterists to Ryde.
Ryde mayor Cllr Wayne Whittle was officially launching the event this morning (Friday), when the Vectis Brass Band was scheduled to play between 10.30am and 11am.
There will then be a large group in fancy dress and high heels collecting around the town and the band X-D play in the evening,
Tomorrow (Saturday) live bands play from 11.30am to 11.30pm, in a programme put together by compere for the day Jim Elston.
It includes the Unidos samba band, mainland rock band Idocracy, playing for the first time on the Island, and the Isabelle L’Amour burlesque dancers.
The band Miata close the evening.
L&M play sounds of the 60s on Sunday, while Bank Holiday Monday hears the Solent’s Got Talent competition from 1pm to 5pm for a trophy and £100 first prize. Ska’d 4 Life play at 6pm, when there is a "Mods only" dress code.
There is an outdoor bar, beer and cider festival, face painting, children’s entertainer, clairvoyant, trade and jumble stalls, a raffle, tombola, a head shave and a waxing.
"Chelsea is severely handicapped and money raised will go toward creating a sensory room and garden for her," said Dawn.
"Chelsea’s parents, Angie and Matthew, want to invite other families on the Island to use the facilities, which I think is a brilliant idea."