I thought for any new Daxtonburyers I should explain why I do this little festival and here it is .......... It's a longish story but please grab a glass of wine or a beer and read all the way through. Chris Kelly used to work for my father Ron Miller many, many moons ago at Biggleswade
Tidy Tip where he was the manager., My father used to have the contract for 6 sites including Leighton buzzard where I was the manager.
After 10 years of running the sites my father decided to leave England with his wife (my step mum) Francesca Miller and retire to the south of France - so I didn't see my dad for a few years.
Meantime i stopped working at the sites and was setting up my business, Wold Farm Fisheries and Shooting which Chris used to come and help out with every Thursday and Friday – his days off from his site. Me and Chris became great friends and spent lots of time together working on the farm and socialising together. Any one that knew him will know he was the biggest joker in the world and he enjoyed a good drink!
I could tell you so many stories of him which would have you in tears of laughter. Chris's favourite saying was "That's the type of guy that I am" and what a guy he was.!!!! I feel very privileged and honoured to of known this amazing guy and I would want his memory to live on forever.
Going back to when my father left England to start his adventures in France - as I said I never saw him for a few years and we were very close - so when my dad said he was coming back for a few days me and Chris decided to throw a little surprise party for him - just a few of his close friends maybe 30 people in the woods at Wold Farm. It was a great day and dad really enjoyed it so did me and Chris! So the following year we done it again - had a small clay pigeon shoot in the woods – and after the shoot a few beers and a BBQ with some of our friends.
Then the year after I brought the field that you guys know "the festival field" and we had it on there. Chris knew Vinnie from the Workshop Boys and asked them to come and play, along with Paul Wiseman and Karl, so we got a marquee and had a bit of a party and invited friends. The year after we done the same thing but said people they could come and camp over. We had a scream and it got really messy in a good way.
The following year we had really bad news - Chris had got cancer - so I decided to carry on what me and Chris had started and invite our friends and they could invite their friends so we advertised it through friends of friends and charged people to come through the gate to raise money for local charities and always a cancer related charity.
I really wish my wife Kat and my son Alfie could have met this amazing man and also you guys - I promise you one thing - he will always be with us in the the bar as this is where my dear friend is laid to rest with his dog in a beautiful oak casket hidden in the ceiling of what you guys know as The Love Boat!
Hence if you read the plaque above the bar you will understand the meaning. Last year we raised £8000 for our charities. Please help me make this festival grow in a positive way by telling your friends about it.
Look forwards in seeing you all on the 14/15/16th July 2017