Archie’s Dream will take a step forward thanks to duo of gigs

AN ASHINGTON family band is playing two gigs in a week in aid of Archie’s Dream.

Having sold out the White House Social Club on Friday, February 17, Derek Burton and guests will now play a second gig just along the road at the Fell ‘Em Doon the following Saturday, February 25, to help five-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Archie Anderson take another step towards the £50,000 he needs for a life-changing operation.

Former England cricketer and fellow Ashington resident Steve Harmison, will also be on hand as guest of honour to draw the raffle, auction a signed England cricket shirt he has donated and say a few words on February 25.

Archie’s mum Marie and dad Allan are determined to raise the cash to give Archie the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri in July.

Marie said: “The tickets were the hottest in town and we are so grateful to everyone involved in organising both gigs and of course the band. I hope we can get them a second sell-out.”

Tickets for the Fell ‘Em Doon gig cost £5 and are available by calling Heather Slowey on (01670) 459186 or 07985 514106 or emailing

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