THE widow of former Beatle George Harrison has given her backing for a Henley music festival to be held in his honour.
Music on the Meadows will be held this Saturday (June 1) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
Soul singer Jamie Bruce, who appeared on TV show The Voice this year, will be among 12 bands and 14 musical acts performing in Mill Meadows between 2pm and 10pm.
Each performer will play a Beatles song in their own style in tribute to Harrison and his widow Olivia has given the event her blessing.
She told the Standard: “There is nothing better than music and I couldn’t be more pleased that George’s music is being played.
“It’s a wonderful platform for Henley’s youth to showcase their passion and talent for music and the creative arts.”
The free festival has been organised by the youth of Henley for the youth of Henley. Members of the youth club and the Be There Henley group have been among those involved in the planning.
Other attractions will include refreshments, face-painting and performances by the Acorn Music Theatre Company.
A bar will be run by Lawrence Wilson from Magoos, who has been hosting the battle of the bands competition at his Hart Street bar.
The final of the competition will take place at the festival and the winner will be signed up by Eight Ray Music, a music agency based in Henley.
Pots of paint will be sold to families to decorate a canvas which has been pledged by the Henley Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
In January, Mrs Harrison wrote to the Standard to say she would prefer a community project rather than a statue as a memorial to her husband.