As London-based Indie Rock Band Heavyball travelled north on the M6 for yet another weekend on the Festival circuit they could not have imagined they would need rescuing by the “Clitheroe A Team”.
As they travelled past the Longridge junction the tour van broke down, but luckily bass guitarist Jonny “Iball” Eveson – a former Longridge High School pupil – was able to call on his local knowledge.
“We had to be in Carlisle for a gig on the Friday evening before headlining Crescent in the Isle of Man on the Saturday, so we needed help urgently,” explained Jonny.
“I called my brother-in-law Dominic Hester, who owns DLH Solicitors in Clitheroe, for help. Quick as a flash he contacted James Alpe Easy Drive, also in Clitheroe.”
Taking up the story, James Alpe said: “When I received the call from Dominic he explained the urgency of the situation and that the Isle of Man gig was in aid of the Joey Dunlop Foundation.”
The Joey Dunlop Foundation is a charity whose main aim is to create specialist accommodation that will open up the Isle of Man to visitors with disability.
“As I surveyed our car park the only remaining vehicle from our Easy Drive fleet was ideal – a Peugeot Boxer van. I agreed to make the van available for Heavyball.”
Jonny continued: “By this stage we were stranded on a Longridge Supermarket car park, with our Carlisle and Isle of man Charity gig in jeopardy, when word came that Dominic and James had come to the rescue.”
Heavyball went on to fulfil their commitments to rousing reception in both Carlisle and Douglas. Heavyball are also playing the main stage at the Cockermouth Rock Festival on the July 21st. Let’s hope they get there safely.