Rocking in Whitwell

Protestors against the plans for a biogas plant in Whitwell at a meeting at the community centre (w110307-1a)
Protestors against the plans for a biogas plant in Whitwell at a meeting at the community centre (w110307-1a)

THE usual peace of Whitwell was shattered recently as dozens of residents rocked out.

They were there supporting Whitwell Against Alkane (WAA), a group set up to campaign against plans to build an anaerobic digester on Southfield Lane in the village.

Rock Against Alkane concert at the Whitwell Community Centre.  Band, Smell My Finger kicked off the night of music.  Pictured is Julie Burdett and guitarist Jason Street, performing a cover of The Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams(w110219-7b)

Rock Against Alkane concert at the Whitwell Community Centre. Band, Smell My Finger kicked off the night of music. Pictured is Julie Burdett and guitarist Jason Street, performing a cover of The Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams(w110219-7b)

Residents fear the odour coming from the proposed plant and the amount of vehicles using it will make their lives unbearable.

The group organised the Rock Against Alkane event which raised around £1,000 for their campaign.

A capacity crowd packed into Whitwell Community Centre for the concert.

Local band Smell My Finger got the crowd warmed up before Arctic Monkeys tribute band, Monkeys Uncles, turned up the pace. WAA committee members, complete in bio-hazard suits, presented to the audience which was followed by Hodthorpe trio Roger Simpson, Duncan Kerr and Steve Rock performing their rap You Don’t Wanna Sniff the Whitwell Whiff. Ferocious Dog’s lead singer then took to the stage with an acoustic folk music set and last up was Northern Monkey.

Rock Against Alkane concert at the Whitwell Community Centre.  Pictured is comp�re Kevin Godbert  (w110219-7d)

Rock Against Alkane concert at the Whitwell Community Centre. Pictured is comp�re Kevin Godbert (w110219-7d)

Throughout the night Matt Scott’s drum workshop were demonstrating their skills.

“A fantastic night was had by all and we certainly sent an important ‘Don’t mess with the Whitwell folk’ message to Alkane,” said Nammie Goldsmith, from WAA. Organisers thanked everyone who helped the event be a success.

Rock Against Alkane concert at the Whitwell Community Centre.  Pictured is Louise Machin, seven, performing a drum solo  (w110219-7f)

Rock Against Alkane concert at the Whitwell Community Centre. Pictured is Louise Machin, seven, performing a drum solo (w110219-7f)