The Engine pub in Baldock is hosting a fundraising event this weekend in aid of the businesses affected by the recent industrial estate fire.

More than forty units were damaged or destroyed in the fire that tore through the estate on Tuesday, July 11, and Engine Fest will be raising money to support them.

It will feature a range of popular bands, acts and DJs, with entry free for anybody who would like to attend on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29.

There will be plenty to eat for those attending on the Saturday too, with Bookers - the Engine's main supplier - coming forward to donate food that will be sold during the event. All the performers are doing their bit too by playing for free.

While entry to Engine Fest is free, attendees will be asked whether they would like to make a non-compulsory donation, with all the proceeds going to the businesses and staff affected by the fire.

The Comet: The line up for Engine Fest in Baldock on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29.The line up for Engine Fest in Baldock on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. (Image: The Engine pub)

Money will also be raised with a range of fun activities - like a bouncy castle - for kids, provided by AK Events. Wristbands giving children all-day access to the activities will cost £10, with £2 of that being donated.

The Engine, run by Dale Lusted, will also be donating twenty per cent of its bar revenue from the event to the businesses and staff.

Dale told the Comet: "Baldock is a community town. We've always come together in disasters and crises, and that's why we've done this.

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"We want to collect as much money as possible for the businesses that have lost their livelihoods and try to take some pressure off them.

"Hopefully, this event will give them some hope."

Dale adds that "these businesses covered far and wide, not just Baldock and Letchworth", and he's hoping that people from further afield will come along to support the affected businesses.

All the money raised will go into a central pot, from where it will be distributed to the businesses and their staff.

The Engine recently hosted the 'Oh My GOSH' Fest, raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity - Dale was able to donate £600 after the event, equivalent to 20 per cent of the bar revenue.