A NEWBRIDGE woman who was a Glastonbury Festival regular was remembered at a special music event organised by a close friend.

Leanne Self, age 41, was a regular at the Somerset festival and her friend Jayne Jeremiah ran the second annual Glastonselfy in her honour.

Mrs Jeremiah, who had been friends with Ms Self since they were both pupils at Newbridge High School, explained: "Leanne loved Glastonbury and after her diagnosis she was upset that she wouldn't be able to go that year.

"So me and my husband decided we could throw a small music event for her, but she passed away sooner than we expected."

Mother of one, Ms Self, died in February last year only four weeks after being told she had cancer.

The event last year went ahead in her honour, and it has now become an annual event with the second taking place this year on April 22 and 23, with 15 local bands performing.

Mrs Jeremiah said: "She would have loved it. It was a great event, everyone enjoyed it."

The event raised £3,040, with funds paying for a headstone to be installed and the remainder going to Winston’s Wish, a bereavement charity, which will be given in Ms Self's memory.

Mrs Jeremiah, who ran the event with her husband Leeroy, gathered 75 raffle prizes, including some from Glastonbury organisers.

Mrs Jeremiah said over 300 people had to be turned away from attending the event at Newbridge Rugby Club as she had 697 tickets requested, which exceeded the number of people allowed there.

she added: “I would just like to thank everyone who support us, especially the bands who gave their time for free and Newbridge Rugby Club who let us use the venue.

“We all cried tears of happiness knowing that Leanne would have loved it.”

During the event, Mrs Jeremiah was also able to give surprise news to Ms Self's mum, Linda, that Ellis Williams Funeral Home in Newbridge and Newport Memorials will be donating a headstone.