Sadly I'm going to be out of the county this Saturday, so will miss The Big Busk. However I've been in touch with Ann-Marie Bebbington and Karen Higgins, the driving forces behind The Big Busk, asking them to tell me all about it. This is what they have to say:
'The event originated as we were trying to think of a fitting tribute to Ben Bebbington who was a friendly face and much loved busker (and mine & Karen's big brother), local to Shrewsbury, who was murdered in the town last September. We realised the most important thing to him was his music and his poetry, but the place which he gained most support and comfort from in recent years was the Shrewsbury Ark.
'Putting these two together, we came up with the Charity Big Busk in aid of Shrewsbury Ark. Ben always said he felt lonely, but when he busked he felt less so. This Saturday, 6th April, is his birthday - so we intend to fill the town with music all day for him.
'The event has the full support of Shrewsbury Town Council as well as the businesses in the town centre. During the day (which kicks off at 10am) we've got Pride Hill, both shopping centres, The Square, Milk Street, the Library, Butcher Row, The Old Market Hall and more. Acts will include folk, opera, instrumental, acoustic, storytelling, magic, dance and Colin Young with his triangle, it seems. There will also be a few surprises throughout the day!!!
'From 5pm – 7pm Jim Hawkins shall be doing a set at The Coffeehouse. ‘The Happy Days Social': https://www.facebook.com/events/512489798786339/
'Other evening sets shall be starting at 7pm and continuing until late at the following locations, and shall comprise of extremely talented local bands and artists: Frank Bar and Diner; Morgans; Ashleys; The Wheatsheaf; and The Hole in the Wall
'Raffle tickets shall also be sold throughout the day and evening, with fantastic prizes offered by local business. The prize draw with be taking place next week live on the Adam and Vicky show on Radio Shropshire. All proceeds received as a result of the 'busking' will be given to the Shrewsbury Ark. www.shrewsburyark.co.uk
'The last acts shall be going on about 21.00- 21.30. Thank you everybody for your support. We do hope you'll all be there.'