Night of madness at Pells Pool in Lewes delivers a record sum of cash

Starfish cheque to the Pells pool.''Steve Franklin (Starfish), Phil Rhodes, Phil Ransley (Pells pool manager)
Starfish cheque to the Pells pool.''Steve Franklin (Starfish), Phil Rhodes, Phil Ransley (Pells pool manager)
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It was a spectacular night ... and it raised a spectacular amount of money.

The Midsummer Madness party at The Pells Pool in Lewes resulted in a cheque, a jaw-dropping eight quid in excess of £3,000.

It featured the extravagant band Tongue and Groove against a backdrop of fireworks to celebrate the summer solstice.

The band’s flaming frontman, Phil ‘Foxy’ Rhodes, and Miche Lorec, from Waterloo Bonfire Society, presented the cheque on Tuesday.

Happy recipients were The Pells and Starfish Youth Music, represented by manager Phil Ransley and co-ordinator Steve Franklin respectively.

The thrilling £3,000 figure is a Tongue and Groove record for the eight years they have delighted Lewes with this event – support for which just gets stronger and stronger.

Ten-year-old Maisie Rose, a regular young swimmer at The Pells, said: “I have been coming to the pool all my life and there is no other pool where I would rather swim. If The Pells ever closed down I would lose a part of me.”

And Ruby Rose, 12, a member of Junior Starfish, said: “I have been watching Starfish all my life and have been lucky enough to be a member for more than two years now. I have enjoyed every moment of Starfish and don’t even want to think about what Lewes would be like without it.”

Phil Rhodes said: “I am delighted to have raised so much for two amazing Lewes institutions and would really like to thank everyone that makes this event such a success.

“This is truly a community event – Waterloo Bonfire Society, Viva Lewes, Pells Pool, Starfish, Union Music, Sussex Downs College and not forgetting Lewes Youth Theatre who masterminded the whole production of this spectacular madness.

“The annual event was sold out in record time this year and an estimated 200-300 gig goers were regrettably turned away. Don’t be disappointed in 2014 ... I can’t wait!”

Midsummer Madness this year featured The Fox standing aloft a three-metre high exploding platform as sparks raced like tracer fire around him. Then he plunged himself into the water and emerged back on stage in under a minute to lead an encore from Tongue and Groove.

The awesome finale was created by the experts from Waterloo Bonfire Society.