And in deepest Lancashire, the band Massive Wagons perform a live acoustic session from their HQ in Lancaster. Somewhere in the background Molly Smiles!
Thank you Adam Thistlethwait and of course our brilliant Mick Durnion for making this happen.
Still Breaking The Silence.
This is the new and beautifully crafted artwork from our dear friend Glennis Irish. Many of you will know and love her from our Mearfest North events, as she kindly donates her time to keeping me calm, and helping us to smoothly run the merchandise stand. She is one of our most treasured Mearfest family members. A good, honest, kind and trusted member of our Northern teams.
Glennis recently started to create things items in perspex, this is just a few examples of her work. I have asked her to create some Mearfest guitar pick key rings, which I can not wait to see.
If you need to know any more about her, please leave a message or comment below.
Glennis had one of our green and orange Molly shirts signed by all the bands from The Queen Vic event in 2018, which was one of our best events to date, with the Star Wars characters (thanks to Jas Fox & Paul DIxon) joining us in the hunt to capture the evil Abaddon!
We will raffle off in the next draw.
THANK YOU GLENNIS
WE LOVE YOU DEARLY.
Take a minute to take stock of all that is busy, noisy, crazy, chaotic, uncertain right now. Go to Take a Moment and upload a photo of you with your eyes closed, mindful and calm!
For Mind, the mental health charity devised by my inspirational friend RAY BURMISTON.
It costs £3.
I have been lucky enough to have known Ray since 1987, when I was a stylist and he was a photographer. We have been firm friends ever since. He has taken my picture over the years and when I saw this on his campaign facebook wall, wow, how proud did I feel.
2020 has turned into the year of giving selflessly to those less fortunate, Ray has a huge giving heart and this was the most perfect venture for him right now during all this Covid hell. He started to go through all the photos he had taken of celebs going back in time, where he uses a technique to calm people down before he takes their photos. He asks everyone to close their eyes and relax.
I started going through all the photos he has taken from both my weddings and inbetween, where I found this photo of Brian and I after we had just tied the knot. It says say much. Ray certainly captures the moment.
So, please can you spare £3 and upload a photo of yourself in black and white with your eyes closed. For MIND the mental health charity.
It's Exciting times here at Mearfest HQ
I shall be finishing off my 310,000 steps over the coming week for SANDS hopefully raising £1500 for the Charity.
Claires book "Rocker Bye Baby" has finally gone to print and we are starting to take pre orders on Mearfest.org
Our beautiful song for Molly "Born Sleeping"
Is now able to be viewed on YOUTube created and Sung by Ritchie Birnie and Conor Gaffney.
Also we have just announced our only event for next year.
'The Flame Still Burns' Festival will take place in Bromsgrove just South of Birmingham on the 1,2,3 of October 2021 and we are planning on it being a tremendous Classic Metal Festival for many years to come.
So there is loads to plan and look forward to.
Our Molly Backdrop continues on her UK 'Breaking the Silence Tour'
Currently being cared for by our Patrons
Dibs Hulme and Sam Hulme in Buxton Derbyshire she then goes to the Revd Carl Flynn Edwards and to his parish church for a remembrance service then on to the North East.
Although we have been unable to hold any gigs this year we should have raised at least £4000 for our charities SANDS, CRADLE and Down Syndrome North East by the end of the year.
We also aim to get to 6000 followers by December
We now have the support and backing of our PR and Press Team
Samantha Griffin and Jay Griffin who are incredibly driven, focused and highly professional in all they do for us all.
Its fair to say that we have not been busier and we have raised a huge amount of awareness in Preterm, Stillborn and Infant loss around the country and around the World.
All this in memory of Molly Mear
Thank you all for your continued Love and Massive Support.
The Heavy Metal Community is amazing when it is mobilised.
Mearfest.org Turning Darkness into light
Uncle Dibs and Auntie Sam Hulme are Mearfest patrons, they decided to do a daily Molly pic, with a different guitar, wearing a different Molly t-shirt each day.
Molly On BREAKING THE SILENCE TOUR 2020. Was a tad breezy, but they managed to stay grounded around Buxton Opera House and The Crescent. They met Karl Ampofo and Kath, who were coincidentally visiting Nutbox.
More was to come over the next week, as Molly hung up high in uncle Dibs music room, where many great memories of uncle Dibs proudly wearing her hand were made.
They took Molly up to Solomon's Temple in the hope of getting some pics from the top. Where they nearly lost Dibs to the strong winds of change while holding his giant Molly kite!
Molly mooched over with the pair to Corbar Cross which is at the top of ANOTHER enormous hill, but for a few brief minutes, Molly could see the whole of Buxton. I should imagine the people of Buxton were wondering what was going on up there?
Molly Breaking The Silence Tour 2020, Nutbox Division.
There part is now done, handing the baton over to the good Revd Carl Flynn Edwards for the rest of the Buxton adventure where Molly will be going to church for a rememberance service and other places. Dibs and Sam said "it was a real honour to be part of this fantastic Mearfest Family and play a small part in spreading the word and Molly's legacy far and wide".
Mearfest Thanks you both.
'What is it?' Whispered Soo nervously.
'That', declared Sweep, with some authority, 'is the hand of an Angel called Molly.'
'But it's HUGE' said Sooty.
'Has to be' said Sweep, 'to touch as many hearts as it does'
'WOW!' said Soo
By Sam Hulme
This is my cousin Ian Thompson doing a real life live gig Friday night in the Sam Webbs in Douglas Isle of Man. He has Molly's backdrop with him, as he sang a classic Beatles song Oh Blahdi Oh Blada which has the name Molly in its lyrics.
Ian, you are a star, we love you and thank you so much for taking the time to do this.
We think he has another gig up his sleeve soon before Molly goes on her travels again to Buxton with Revd Carl Flynn Edwards.
Last night at 7pm GMT we all lite our candles in memory of our sleeping babies.
Mearfest joined forces with Cradle and Angel Parents Uk to remember all our babies across the world.
During September I was sent a beautiful handmade card along with some little care packs from Luanne Rimmer, they had a knitted blue/pink ribbon and a tea light, and on each individual card was a baby or babies name and date of birth/death.
That morning walking around the supermarket I noticed blocks of icing sugar in the cake making isles, so I bought some blue and pink to mould into light holders. My magic box of bits and pieces came in handy, as i created some decoration to mirror how I felt about each name.
Here are the results.
We also received a lovely thoughtful package from Cradle, in memory of Molly.
Thank You to Louise Zeniou.
Today Molly will travel from Liverpool 85 miles across the Irish Sea to Douglas in the Isle of Man.
My talented Cousin Ian Thompson will be looking after her and playing live with her as the backdrop.
Yes live gigs are still permitted on the Island
Ian is a fine singer/songwriter and gigs regularly on the island
He is also family so along with Molly we send our Warmest wishes from ourselves to his family and friends on the island.
This will be the third date on the " Breaking the Silence Tour"
Molly will have clocked up 335 miles by the time she gets to Douglas.
We thank Montreaux and Troyen for their kindness and for the care they have taken with the image of our lost daughters handprint
One of Ian's songs is below press the link. Hear him sing!!
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°★ . ★ ° . . . ☾ °☆ . * ● ¸ .° :....on fluffy warm clouds . • ° . * :. . ¸ . ● ¸ ★ ★☾ °★ . ★ ° . . . ☾ °☆ . * ● ¸ . ★ ° :. . • ○ ° ★ . * . ...our tiny babies
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.........Light A Candle 15th October. ● .°☆ ° ☾ °☆ ¸.● . ★ ★ ° ☾ ☆ ¸. ¸ ★ :. . • ○ ° ★ . * . . ¸ . ° ¸. * ● ¸ . ° ☾ ° ¸. ● ¸ .
10TH October 2020
another 11,000 steps today
Me and Blue walked up to Cromer lighthouse and beyond through the gorse with the sun shining bright.
Then down to the beach which was really beautiful today and almost deserted
Blue ran his heart out chasing this way and that glorifying in the sheer joy of being alive.
I did a bit of beach combing enroute back finding another fossil and some nice Shells.
Back in Cromer we stopped in Beatnicks the little cafe come retro clothes shop for a coffee and a chat with the owner Jen.
A good day and this brings the grand total to 75,000 steps
Just 235,000 to go!!!
Never mind onward
9th October 2020
Walked 12,000 steps this morning
Wet, cold and Windy
It was tough today
With work and travelling to work
its going to be tough to get to 310,000 steps by the end of the month
But I'll do it.
Hope everyone else doing this is ok
I'm amazed at how hard it is mentally
Wasn't expecting that at all.
Thank you for all your fantastic donations
And Molly smiles
Molly arrived safely in Newton le Willows Merseyside near Liverpool
She is with New Wave of British Heavy Metal Band Troyen.
This is the second date of her "Breaking the Silence" UK tour having just left Wolverhampton and Montreaux.
The NWOBHM and Molly lives!
And Merseyside Smiles
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