A ONE day music event held in Redditch town centre has raised £21,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The festival, held in September, was organised by the local John Bonham Memorial Friends (JBMF) group, in partnership with Heart of Worcestershire College, to celebrate the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer’s 70th Birthday, life and legacy.

A stellar line-up of artists and special guests, all with a connection to John and the Bonham family, took to the stage as part of the full day of live music.

This included a performance from John’s sister Debbie, fresh from a US tour with Paul Rodgers.

There were video messages in support of the event from Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers, Mick Fleetwood and son of John, Jason Bonham, who was away on tour.

Among the mix of well-known stars playing was ELO drummer Bev Bevan, who joined various members of the Bonham family on stage for an emotional rendition of the Beatles classic With a Little Help from My friends.

“We are over the moon with the amount of money raised through this year’s event from ticket and merchandise sales and cash donations,” said event manager Ros Sidaway from JBMF.

“We are so grateful to all the music artists, technical crews, and event stewards who gave their time and expertise to make the day so successful. And a big thank you to all the event sponsors, advertisers, bar and food traders whose financial contributions helped to cover the costs of staging the event.”

She added they are already thinking about next year's event and want to make it even bigger and even better.

It is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21.

The money raised will help to fund vital services for young people before, during and after cancer treatment across the West Midlands region.

John Bonham memorial t-shirts and special souvenir programmes can still be purchased via JohnBonhamMemorial.com or from Vintage Tracks Records in Headless Cross.