Singers set to join stars at charity show

Talented singers from a Blyth-based group will team up with soap stars at a special concert to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The third Christmas at the Cathedral concert, which will take place on Wednesday, December 17, at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle, will feature a performance by the Swing Bridge Singers – from Blyth-based 20,000 Voices.

The group promotes, supports and develops participation in singing throughout the north east.

They will join David Leon from ITV’s Vera, Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, international opera singer Sean Ruane, north east favourite Billy Mitchell, and Emmerdale actors Charlie Hardwick, Chelsea Halfpenny and Chris Chittel.

Students from Newcastle College are helping to organise this year’s concert and will also be performing on the night.

The popular event, sponsored by Clarke Mairs, will feature a range of carols and readings to celebrate Christmas, all in support of The Teenage Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of 13 to 24-year-olds diagnosed with cancer.

It will be produced by Ray Laidlaw who, as well as being one of the founding members of the north east band Lindisfarne, also produces the bi-annual Sunday for Sammy concert and a number of other productions.

Ray said: “We’re delighted that so many well-known faces will be joining us for this year’s event. The concert has grown to become one of the key Christmas events on the north east calendar and there’s always a fantastic atmosphere on the night.”

The event starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £13 and are available by calling (0191) 277 8030.