VOLUNTEERS organising an event in aid of those affected by the devastating fire at Northwich Outdoor Market say they intend to ‘paint the town with music’.

To be held on Saturday, February 1, the event will see artists and bands flock into Northwich to perform for passers-by.

Money raised through the event will be donated to those market traders who lost everything through the fire, which broke out early on Friday morning.

And it will also go great lengths to improve the mood around Northwich and show that businesses in the town centre are still open for business.

Iain Stead, who is among those organising the music event, says that all involved have been blown away by the community spirit and support shown so far.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support for the traders who were affected by the fire on Northwich Market,” he said.

“Over 60 bands and musicians have come forward to perform, and there has been great support from venues and people who will be out in the town centre raising money.

“This will hopefully make the day appealing to families as well as music fans.

“We held a positive meeting with Northwich Town Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council, and we are working hard to ensure we can have as much activity as possible within the time frame.

“To all the musicians who have come forward - thank you.”

According to organisers, the initial goal is to get every pub and cafe in Northwich to host a live music event on February 1 to raise as much money as possible.

The community response so far has been amazing, with 19 venues pledging their support.

Among those fully behind the event is Witton councillor Sam Naylor, who added: “I think it is a brilliant idea and a way for the whole town to come together.

“It’s an example of the resilience and positivity of Northwich people by responding to what was a tragic incident.

“I hope to see plenty of people coming into the town and that their generosity will enable market traders to restock and get their businesses back up and running.”