Music charity took over Trinity Walk to raise money to buy The Wakefield Arms

The Ben Manning Music Foundation took over Trinity Walk to launch its Project Wakefield 2013 appeal. There will be more than 40 performers coming from all over the country to provide music and entertainment to shoppers.'Pictured: Jessica Simpson
The Ben Manning Music Foundation took over Trinity Walk to launch its Project Wakefield 2013 appeal. There will be more than 40 performers coming from all over the country to provide music and entertainment to shoppers.'Pictured: Jessica Simpson

Buskers took over a shopping centre to raise cash for a charity which hopes to turn a boarded up pub into a community music hub.

The Ben Manning Music Foundation put on a series of gigs at Trinity Walk on Saturday in aid of Project Wakefield.

The Ben Manning Music Foundation took over Trinity Walk to launch its Project Wakefield 2013 appeal. There will be more than 40 performers coming from all over the country to provide music and entertainment to shoppers.'Pictured: Dayv Smith

The Ben Manning Music Foundation took over Trinity Walk to launch its Project Wakefield 2013 appeal. There will be more than 40 performers coming from all over the country to provide music and entertainment to shoppers.'Pictured: Dayv Smith

The charity was founded in memory of Ben Manning, a 17-year-old musician who drowned in the city after a night out in January 2011.

His family and friends want to keep his memory alive and help other music lovers by creating a specialist centre with classrooms, rehearsal studios, recording facilities and a live music lounge.

The Foundation hopes to raise enough cash to buy The Wakefield Arms, next to Kirkgate railway station.

Lee Manning, charity director, said: “It was a fantastic weekend and we raised £500 from the busking alone which was really good. We’ve had a fantastic amount of support for Project Wakefield so far with lots of businesses coming forward to offer their help.”

The Foundation has been supported by Benfield Toyota which has donated a new Aygo for the charity to raffle.

Tickets will be on sale at the Wakefield Wildcats stadium tonight and online.

Sarah Pearson, service director for economic growth and housing, said: “We are continuing to liaise with land and property owners in the Kirkgate area, including the owner of the Wakefield Arms, as the outline master plan progresses, with a further public consultation event to be held in the autumn.

“We have also met with the Ben Manning Music Foundation earlier this year and discussions are on-going about the future options for the building, but no decision have yet been made.”

The charity has relocated its shop from Northgate to Trinity Walk. It is around the corner from Costa Coffee, and sells quality second-hand clothes and goods to raise money for the Ben Manning Music Foundation.

To enter the Benfield Car Raffle or to find out more about Project Wakefield, go to www.benmanning.org.uk or visit the shop.