Bands team up in aid of refugees

A free family day of fun and music will take place to raise funds for humanitarian aid.

Blyth man Paul Race, who has been working with local bands for more than a decade, has organised the event at The Tavern in the town.

It is in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), which is known for its work in war-torn regions and is helping Syrian refugees.

Mr Race said: “Most people have seen all these disturbing scenes in the media recently and I decided, rather than just sit back, to try to do some good to help these poor people.”

The event will feature music from U2 tribute act Vertigo, 50’s style group Ruby and The Mystery Cats, rock band Repertoire Dogs, Americana cover band Parlaphones, and Klassix, who perform chart-toppers. Soloists Anthony Purdy, Jack Burn, JD O’Neil and Nick Jennison will also appear.

There will be children’s entertainment by Infusion Dance Parties and Events, with face-painting and visits by princesses and superheroes.

And raffle tickets will be sold. Prizes donated by local businesses include £200 cash, a carpet, joiner’s services, tattoo, meal, drink, beauty, hair and clothing vouchers, comedy tickets and artwork. Tickets cost 50p from The Tavern or online at www.justgiving.com/Paul-Race2

The event is on Sunday, from noon to 10pm, with children’s fun until 5pm.