Posters featuring Nigel Rea’s rare photos of legendary rockers Led Zeppelin performing in Ipswich have raised a staggering £3,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The pictures were taken at the band’s concert at St. Matthew’s Baths, in November 1971.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the concert, Nigel produced a special limited-edition poster – with all profits going to EACH.
He hoped to raise £1,000 but ended up tripling that total, raising a phenomenal £3,014.
Copies were sold at shops in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Woodbridge and Felixstowe, as well as being sent to fans and collectors across the UK. Three were sold to fans in America.
Nigel said: “With the help, support of generosity of so many people, the final amount exceeded all my expectations and I couldn’t be more pleased or proud.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. It’s sparked lots of interest and conversations because so many people enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane.
“I’ve had many phone calls and emails from people who were at the gig and they’ve shared some wonderful anecdotes about the night.
“It’s been extraordinary. I knew there would be some interest but never expected anything on this scale.”
The concert is often described as ‘Suffolk’s Greatest Gig’.
At the time, it was thought no pictures existed.
However, Nigel had taken his camera along and some of his pictures featured on the poster had never been published before.
The negatives remained in his attic for nearly three decades, until a bootleg of the concert was discovered which put the gig in the spotlight.
It featured new songs promoting the band’s fourth album, including the first outings of Stairway to Heaven, and two very rare encore performances of Weekend and Gallows Pole.
The band came to Ipswich to fulfil a long-standing booking, having just returned from touring Japan and America.
Nigel still has one very special copy of the poster signed by lead singer and lyricist Robert Plant in late November. It was given to him by a supporter and he is now looking into the best way auction it to raise additional funds for EACH.
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Georgina Morrison, EACH Community Fundraising Assistant, said: “We’re so grateful to Nigel.
“I’m glad he enjoyed the process, heard some fantastic stories and made some great contacts along the way.
“He’s worked so hard and the total raised is absolutely incredible.
“These vital funds will help continue our work supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia.”