Pop rock band set to perform at charity gig

Members of the four-piece band
Members of the four-piece band
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Newly-reformed local band TYRO will make an emotional return to the stage when they perform at charity event “Hey Clitheroe” next month.

The popular group from Barnoldswick got back together in the autumn – for the first time since 2014 - with a determination to raise funds for Alder Hey.

Lead guitarist Tom Faulkner and his wife, Sarah, were indebted to staff at the children’s hospital for saving the life of their

five-week-old son, Fletcher. And their amazing story made them an ideal fit for the organisers of Hey Clitheroe – which has raised more than £12,500 for Alder Hey over the past two years.

They will appear at this year’s event on March 10th at The Grand, Clitheroe, alongside headline act Jeremiah Ferrari.

Hey Clitheroe spokesman, Derek Russell, said: “Including TYRO in this year’s musical line up was probably one of the easiest decisions we have ever had to make. We had the opportunity to see them perform last October - at their first gig for over three years. We were really impressed by their high octane performance and great crowd interaction.”

They originally formed in 2008 as a group of close friends who wanted to follow their passion for live rock music.

The next few years saw them become very popular in the Burnley area, performing all over the country - even appearing in a national competition - and recording their own material.

However, as they settled down, married, started families and began developing their careers, they were unable to commit the time needed to continue their journey. Fate, however, decided their musical aspirations should not end and threw them back together in a very dramatic manner.

In June 2017, little Fletcher was struck down with viral meningitis - a life-threatening illness. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Alder Hey and yet thanks to the care and expertise of the hospital, they eventually received the news they yearned for – that Fletcher was responding to treatment.

It promises to be an emotional night on March 10th and Tom added: “Sarah, our families and I will be forever grateful to the staff and the

hospital for what they did for us and Fletcher. We also cannot praise the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey more highly. Sarah and I remained at the hospital throughout his treatment.”

All funds raised at the festival will again be donated to two facilities at Alder Hey Hospital – The Children’s Charity Trust and the Family House Trust. For further information on Hey Clitheroe visit www.heyclitheroe.com.