A grand time for Punch Drunk gigs

Four Northumberland communities turned out in force in support of a beloved local project.

Saturday, 9th July 2016, 1:28 pm
Record numbers at Punch Drunk comedy nights in June

Record sell-out attendances at all five Punch Drunk comedy gigs during June resulted in more than £1,000 being raised for various local charities and huge donations made on behalf of the Punch Drunk Army to food banks in the area.

Social clubs in Blyth, Bedlington, Ashington and Cramlington hosted the monthly Punch Drunk comedy nights, with an appearance from US comedian Reginald D Hunter among other local acts.

The party started with a kids’ club event on Father’s Day, followed by four consecutive nights of performances.

After putting out a plea on social media to the project’s supporters and regular audience members to resume their help with supporting local food banks at June’s events, organisers were astounded at the support.

Lauren Douglass, from Punch Drunk, said: “The support was overwhelming. Without all of the communities taking Punch Drunk to their hearts from the beginning, and the Punch Drunk Army fast becoming the most talked about audiences in the world, we could never have hoped to be presenting acts like June’s headliner Reginald D Hunter.”