Organisers of an annual charity music event are hoping their headline act this spring will strike the right chord with festival goers.

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The Lightning Seeds, who had a string of hits in the 1990s but are best known for collaborating with Frank Skinner and David Baddiel on the football anthem, Three Lions, will appear at the LeeStock festival in May.

The two-day event, which will take place in the grounds of Long Melford Hall for the second year running, is organised by friends of 21-year-old Sudbury man Lee Dunford, who died in 2006 after a brave battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Since its inception, LeeStock has raised more than £50,000 for The Willow Foundation – a national charity that provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

Mr Dunford, an ex-Sudbury Upper School student, was a keen musician and the charity arranged for him to spend time in a professional recording studio shortly before he died.

The LeeStock festival was initially held at the White Horse in Sudbury’s North Street but as the event gathered momentum, it was moved to a bigger venue.

The event usually attracts more than 1,000 people over the two days and co-organiser Edd Keogh hopes the Lightning Seeds will attract a record crowd this year.

He said: “We are delighted to be announcing the Lightning Seeds as our Saturday headliners.

“They have a great link with football so, in a World Cup year, there could not be a better band for us.”

The Lightning Seeds, headed by frontman Ian Broudie who said he was “looking forward” to coming to Suffolk, will share the stage with a number of local bands.

Tickets are £30 each for the weekend and can be purchased from www.leestock.org

LeeStock is on May 24 and 25.

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