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Large crowds turn out to support Olly

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THE fourth Peas & Glove: Permanent Ollyday attracted its largest crowd to date at the weekend.

Big crowds attended Peas & Glove: Permanent Ollyday 4 at The Watersplash

Held at the Watersplash in St Ouen’s Bay, the annual mini-festival is held in honour of Olly Newman – a young surfer and talented musician who was left permanently immobilised after a car crash in Jersey in 2015 – and saw a variety of local bands and solo artists taking to the stage throughout the weekend.

Among those who performed were 15-year-old singer-songwriter Kacey Hacquoil, Mezra, Foolish Things, Rat Salad, Sam Walwynn and Any Given Sunday, as well as local blues veteran Tony Paul and several local DJs, the latter of who oversaw the ‘chilled Sunday sesh’ on the second day of the event.

Founded in 2015, Permanent Ollyday – which is named after one of Olly Newman’s favourite songs, Permanent Holiday by Mike Love – was the inspiration of Olly’s close friends Matt Daly, Brontey Luxo-Piazza, Kyle Simon and Luke Hounslea and, as Mr Daly told the JEP ahead of this year’s festival, it is aimed at Islanders of all ages.

‘Permanent Ollyday is an all-ages event that keeps young ones entertained and lets parents have a little breather,’ he said. ‘There is so much musical talent in Jersey, and so many other entertainment talents – fire poi, circus acts, extreme sports, etc – and so we wanted to organise an event that would incorporate all of these talents and also hopefully raise a few quid to help with Olly’s care.’

For more details on Permanent Ollyday, visit the Peas & Glove page on Facebook.

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