HUDDERSFIELD people are being invited to celebrate Yorkshire in style – by helping four local charities.
MP Barry Sheerman is organising a fundraising Yorkshire Day variety show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on August 1.
Proceeds from the show – entitled Yorkshire Mixtures – will go to Kirkwood Hospice at Dalton, Huddersfield cancer charity the Laura Crane Trust, carbon monoxide safety charity The Dominic Rodgers Trust and Sign Up For Sudders, an appeal set up in memory of former Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury, who died of leukaemia last August.
The proceeds from the appeal go towards Leukaemia Research and bone marrow donation charity the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Huddersfield MP Mr Sheerman said: “They are all local causes which are really vigorous in their work and do so much good in the community.”
He said that as well as raising funds, he would like the event to raise awareness of Yorkshire Day.
“Quite a lot of people had said to me why don’t we do something fun for Yorkshire Day?
“I don’t think a lot of people know the date. By coincidence the LBT were vacant that day and so we started ringing around artists.
“We have got a wonderful mix of people, it will be a fun night for people to enjoy themselves.”
British Gas are sponsoring the £1,000 cost of the theatre and Mr Sheerman is still looking for sponsors to cover expenses for some of the acts.
So far, confirmed performers include Brighouse singer/songwriter Roger Davies and two opera singers – Judith Gardner-Jones and Ben Kerslake.
Judith, a soprano, has performed on the West End stage and has played the diva Carlotta in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom Of The Opera.
Ben, a tenor, has performed extensively in Europe, including Monte Carlo Arts Festival.
There will also be dance acts and other entertainment.
Ticket prices range from £10 to £14, with concessions available. Contact the LBT box office for more details on 01484 430528.