Crowds enjoy Hey Clitheroe music extravaganza

More than 400 people packed into The Grand on Saturday for another hugely successful charity concert.

For a second successive year, the popular York Street venue was a complete sell-out for the annual fundraising event.

Bands entertain crowds

Bands entertain crowds

And those lucky enough to have tickets were treated to sets from five excellent bands from the area - with the party going on well into the night.

More than £6,500 was raised with the proceeds going to Alder Hey Children’s Charity and the Alder Hey Family House Trust - beating last year’s total of £5,500.

Organisers were particularly grateful to Good Foxy for stepping in at such short notice after Jeramiah Ferrari were forced to pull-out two days before the event. The band was joined on stage by The Ragamuffins, Drop the Floor, The Ruby Tuesdays and Landslide, on what proved to be an unforgettable night.

Local DJs Jed and Ted linked the acts - and got people dancing - meaning more than five hours of musical entertainment was provided.

Guests enjoy the music

Guests enjoy the music

Hey Clitheroe co-founder, Derek Russell, said: “What a fantastic night. We thought it would be difficult to top last year, but we think we’ve done it.

“To sell out the Grand again is an unbelievable achievement and I don’t think anyone who was there was disappointed.

“We wanted to give everyone a chance to dance the night away and there were plenty who did that. What struck me was that almost everyone seemed to have smiles on their faces - which is exactly what we were hoping for.”

Derek and his fellow committee members had worked hard to ensure all musical tastes were catered for on the night.

Derek Russell

Derek Russell

Hey Clitheroe had also put together a heart-rending DVD on their story and the work they do for Alder Hey, which was shown on the big screen.

It featured three local families who are indebted to the Liverpool-based hospital for the treatment and support they have had in recent years.

Alder Hey is particularly close to Derek and his family’s heart as his granddaughter Lillian was treated there before she died at just six days old.

Derek added: “I think the DVD really brought it home to people what a wonderful place Alder Hey is and the incredible job they do.

Crowds enjoy Hey Clitheroe concert

Crowds enjoy Hey Clitheroe concert

“It will always be special to my family, but it’s not just us. There are many local families who have benefitted from their outstanding work.”