PIM Jam: Peter James tribute festival a huge success

PIM Music Festival at The Bull in Haverhill. Umbrella Assasins on the stage. ANL-140727-165938009
PIM Music Festival at The Bull in Haverhill. Umbrella Assasins on the stage. ANL-140727-165938009

A charity music festival in memory of local musician, Peter James, has raised almost £1,000.

The PIM Jam festival took place at the Bull in Haverhill on Saturday, July 26.

It was organised in tribute to the late Peter James, who died tragically on December, 15 last year when the car he was driving collided with a tree in Homefield Road, Haverhill.

The event’s name carries a link to Peter’s initials - Peter Ian Michael James.

Peter was a popular musician and had played guitar in a Haverhill band, This Broken Empire (formerly Indigo).

“I think it went really well,” said Peter’s widow, Lucy James. “It was a really good day out.”

More than 100 people attended the one day festival, which had an indoor and an outdoor stage, with a variety of bands playing a mix of electric and acoustic music.

Donations are still being counted, but the total raised for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is expected to be about £980, an emergency medical charity whose volunteers assisted at the scene of the accident and during the aftermath.

Ben Hall, a fundraiser for SARS, said: “We rely entirely on charitable donations so events like PIM Jam are incredibly important for us.

“We rely on help to keep going and to pay for equipment and resources.

“We are extremely grateful to Lucy and the friends and family. They’ve all put in a lot of work.”

“There was a lot of support,” continued Lucy, “A lot of people were interested in playing.

“We had the bands all set up the night before. On the day we had a barbeque.

“All the profits went to charity. We also had a couple of street collections during the day.

“It was really good and I think Pete would have really liked it.

“Everyone was really willing to help out.

“A lot of people either knew Pete or had played with him before.”

It is hoped this year’s event will be the first of many, with the PIM Jam becoming an annual Haverhill fixture raising even more money for SARS.

The success of this year’s memorial festival bodes well for future events.

“I’ll probably start thinking about next year in the next couple of weeks,” said Lucy. “There’s such a lot to organise. A lot of people are interested in playing again next year.”