THE quiet village of Thornton-le-Moors resounded to the music of the Chester City Bandand Badger's Blues and Rock Band.
The village green was turned into a huge barbecue and concert area, as the Platt family from Church Farm put on an event to remember Joe Platt and to raise funds for Clatter-bridge Cancer Campaign.
'It would have been Joe's 80th birthday', explained his widow Margaret, 'He loved it here and lived here all his life, and before he died of cancer last December he said that he wanted the celebrations to go ahead to help Clatterbridge.
'We had a lovely evening, the weather atmo -sphere and the setting were perfect. I just want to thank everyone who took part and who helped or came along to lend their support.'
More than 200 people crowded into the tiny village, raising more than a £1000 which was presented to Patricia Rogers, director of fundraising at Clatterbridge.
Joe's grand-daughters, Hannah, Amy and Charlotte, have been fundraising since Joe died, and were kept busy welcoming visitors.