THE first music festival of its kind to be held in the Midlands attracted around 12,000 people and raised a staggering £10,000 for charity.

GlastonBeoley was the brainchild of Debbie Joynes and Dave Osgood, better known as local music duo Imaner, and was raising cash for two charities - deafblind UK, and the Mental Health Association.

Event organiser Debbie said: “Our GlastonBeoley committee have been overwhelmed with the love, support, and generosity shown to our event - so much so that we have decided to do it all again next year.

“The charities are overjoyed with the money raised and are already planning on spending the cash on vital resources for those who benefit from their services.

"Thank you to all who came, sang, danced, sunbathed, played, ate and drank, you all did a great job in helping raise an amazing amount of money.”

Festival goers were joined by famous faces from the world of TV, radio and sport as 28 local musicians and singer songwriters from across the Midlands took turns to entertain the crowd.

Hayley Smith from Oakland International, a local business which helped support the event, said: “GlastonBeoley was amazing and a fantastic community music event which brought so many people from the area together and will help to support two incredible charities."

The £10,000 raised from the event will now be split between the two national charities.