Clapton guitar boosts charity gig

A charity rock gig, boosted by a guitar signed by Eric Clapton during a visit to Norfolk, has raised more than �6,000.North Walsham jeweller and musician Barry Holden's local Live Aid events had previously raised �15,000 for children's charities over the years.

A charity rock gig, boosted by a guitar signed by Eric Clapton during a visit to Norfolk, has raised more than �6,000.

North Walsham jeweller and musician Barry Holden's local Live Aid events had previously raised �15,000 for children's charities over the years.

The latest one, involving five bands and an auction of music memorabilia, exceeded his expectations by more than �2,000.

The guitar signed by Clapton, as well as friends Mike Rutherford from Genesis and Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker during a visit to a local hotel, was bought for �500 by a determined collector who had brought along a case to take it home in.

It was however topped by another guitar signed by modern day American rockers Green Day which made �840, while a Clapton-signed DVD of a Cream reunion at the Albert Hall made �200.

Mr Holden, who is already planning next year's event, said the event was a 350-strong sell out. They money was going to Children with Leukaemia and aimed at providing post- treatment holidays for families, and should be enough to help six children.

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