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Email: Tuns of praise for Fencing partners.

Byline: Edited by Mickey McMonagle and Steve Hendry

CHART-TOPPING KT Tunstall has joined DJ Edith Bowman to save a Scots music festival which is facing the chop.

The singer is demanding that the Homegame festival in Anstruther is given the go-ahead after reading last week's Email.

We told how Radio One DJ Edith was calling for the council to green-light the event which faces the axe because of a single complaint about noise.

KT, from nearby St Andrews, was so incensed she wrote us an open letter to try to force Fife Council to think again.

It now appears the combined influence of our celebrity supporters - plus of course Scotland's top entertainment pages - could save Homegame.

Duncan Simpson, of Fife Council Community Services, this week met festival organisers, the Fence Collective, for the first time .

He said: "Further discussions will now take place to ensure the event remains in its home town of Anstruther."

Fence hope to run the festival over the weekend of April 8 and 9.

And they hope to retain the use of the original venue, the Erskine Hall.

Johnny Lynch, of Fence Records, anticipates a dramatic increase in numbers attending after our campaign.

He told me: "We have been offered a new hall but we think we need the Erskine Hall, too. It's still a long journey but I'm confident it will go ahead in Anstruther "The support of Edith, Kate and the Sunday Mail played a massive part in saving the festival. We want to invite Edith and Kate to perform or be involved in some way in April."

Edith Bowman is delighted that her efforts have not been in vain.

She commented: "That's great news - I'm so glad that the council have seen sense.

"I'm looking forward to getting back home and helping out in anyway I can

Dear Email As a musician from Fife, I am stunned that the Fence Collective's Homegame festival in Anstruther is not fully and enthusiastically supported by the local authorities. You would think such a small, local musical project that has gained international respect would be something to be proud of. On my travels around the globe, I have met DJs, writers, musicians and fans who are excited by what the Fence Collective are doing.

One complaint? See how many they get if they don't let it happen.

Love Kate Tunstall x

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Date:Dec 11, 2005
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