Competition to remember talented musician

Patricia Richardson and Ray Laidlaw at The Rendezvous Caf�

Patricia Richardson and Ray Laidlaw at The Rendezvous Caf�

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A search has begun for the region’s best comedy scriptwriters following the death of a talented musician.

North east charity The Sunday for Sammy Trust is offering up to ten comedy writers the chance to have their sketches professionally performed in conjunction with the Laffalang team.

His friends are still very supportive and had a get together in the Rendezvous Café to remember him

Patricia Richardson

Shortlisted entries will go forward to a day school at The Stand Comedy Club in July.

The closing date is Friday, May 29. Sketches on the theme of spring should be between 500 words and 1,000 words and submitted to Ray Laidlaw at info@sundayforsammy.org

The event has been created following the drowning of Whitley Bay musician Philip Richardson in 2013.

His mother Patricia said: “After his funeral we had a collection and decided the Sunday For Sammy Trust was the most appropriate charity to donate to. His friends are still very supportive and had a get together in the Rendezvous Café to remember him.”

Producer Ray Laidlaw is looking to make the comedy scriptwriting competition an annual event named in honour of Philip.

“As well as keeping Philip’s memory alive, the kind donations from Patricia and Philip’s friends will go towards helping other people get a foot up on the entertainment ladder,” he said.

“Although I never met Philip, I’ve heard a lot about him and I know that his talent, attitude to life and love of comedy makes him the ideal person to name the competition after.

“The writer of the best script will receive ‘The Phil Richardson Comedy Writing Award’ and the performance of the sketches will be at the Stand Comedy Club on August 16.”

For more on the competition details and rules visit www.sundayforsammy.org