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Musician Rick Wakeman opens Age UK fayre in Diss

11:28 28 April 2012

Amanda Palmer, Jen Cranshaw and Judith Head from the Denny Centre, with Rick Wakeman

Amanda Palmer, Jen Cranshaw and Judith Head from the Denny Centre, with Rick Wakeman

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No amount of wet weather could dampen the spirits of visitors to an annual spring fayre in aid of the elderly this morning (Saturday), opened by former rock-star Rick Wakeman.

With traditional events such as guess the weight of the cake, bric-a-brac stalls and a raffle, organisers hoped to raise as much money as possible for Age UK.

And they were not disappointed with visitors flocking to the event in Diss, as Mr Wakeman cut the ribbon.

The musician, 63, perhaps best known as keyboard player with the band Yes, who now lives with his wife in Scole, near Diss, said it was important to support local fundraisers.

“Smaller community events are very important,” he said. “If we live long enough we’re all going to need help at some point, and if it’s not us it’s our parents or relations, and it’s important to get an awareness along the way of what’s there and how we can help people.

“It’s crucial local parishes and local communities and local towns support events like this.”

Now in its third year, the event was held the Denny Centre, on Thomas Manning Road, which provides a break for those suffering with dementia and the frail elderly.

Co-ordinator Judith Head, said: “Without things like this we couldn’t survive. We’ve got the help of 10 volunteers and this will help with various things. “Most importantly we’re here for the carers and that’s what it’s all about really.”

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