FRIENDS and family of a Colne Valley man who died from cancer are holding a charity concert in his memory.

The evening of entertainment, which takes place tomorrow, will remember Slaithwaite man Mark Byrnes who lost his battle for life in February.

His loved ones also hope to raise at least £2,000 on the night.

The proceeds will go to Kirkwood Hospice at Dalton, which cared for Mark in his final days.

The concert – at Crosland Moor Working Men’s Club – will feature music from a variety of genres, with performances from musicians Dezzi Dee, Vital Signs and Steve Symon, who are giving their time for free.

There will also be a raffle, for which local businesses have given prizes.

Friends and family of Mark have organised the event, including his mum Norma, wife Sue and stepdaughter Natasha Beaumont.

A friend of Mark’s Ann Coombes, who is also helping organise the event, said: “We are hoping to raise as much money as possible in Mark’s memory and we thought the best way was by holding a concert.

“Mark loved music and he loved going to karaoke nights. We’re hoping to do a prize karaoke contest on the night.

“The hospice did a great job looking after him and it relies on donations, so we thought it would be nice for us to do this to give something back.

“We’re hoping a lot of people will come along and have a good night. A lot of people remember Mark because he was very well known locally.”

The evening starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and are available on the door.