Ray lines up top acts for charity gig

Ray Laidlaw, Tim Clarke, partner at Clarke Mairs, and Jonathan Willis, chair of the Teenage Cancer Trust North East Fundraising Board.
Ray Laidlaw, Tim Clarke, partner at Clarke Mairs, and Jonathan Willis, chair of the Teenage Cancer Trust North East Fundraising Board.
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A STAR-studded candlelit concert to raise money for a cancer charity is being organised by Tynemouth musician Ray Laidlaw.

The Christmas at the Cathedral event will take place at the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas in Newcastle next Thursday in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

And Lindisfarne star Ray is working with the charity’s fundraising board to produce the event, which will include performances by NSPCC Christmas single singer Shaun Gallon, of Whitley Bay, Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowell.

The event will also feature British tenor Ian Storey and Lindisfarne’s Billy Mitchell, as well as readings by Tim Healy and David Leon from ITV drama Vera.

It is hoped that the concert will raise thousands of pounds to help with the running costs of the teenage cancer unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, as well as the unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital at the RVI.

Ray, who also produced the charity’s previous ‘Bandstand’ shows at the Sage Gateshead, said: “I am very pleased to be working with the Teenage Cancer Trust on this elegant concert, which will be the most high profile event to be held in the north east this Christmas.

“We have secured an excellent line-up and are pleased to have support from a number of talented performers.”

Tickets cost £15 plus booking fees and are available now from www.ticketweb.co.uk or by calling 0844 4771000.

The concert, which is being sponsored by Newcastle law firm Clarke Mairs, is part of the fundraising board’s efforts to raise £100,000 over the course of next year to support the charity’s work in the region.