Band play charity gig for Hospice

Northern Underdogs. Local band holding a charity night.'L to R) Chris Harrison, Jack O'Mahoney-North, Phil Swales.'h4269a104
Northern Underdogs. Local band holding a charity night.'L to R) Chris Harrison, Jack O'Mahoney-North, Phil Swales.'h4269a104
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A SOUTH Elmsall band are hoping to drum up some attention as they perform a charity gig in memory of their friend who died of cancer four years ago.

The Northern Underdogs have organised the performance to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Prince of Wales Hospice after they eased the final days of their friend of more than 30 years, Jason North.

Drummer Chris Harris, 39, of South Elmsall, said Mr North, who also lived in South Elmsall, was a fantastic person who would do anything for anyone.

Mr North developed a brain tumour five and a half years ago, but lost his battle after 18 months, aged 35.

Mr Harris, who attended Minsthorpe High School with Mr North, said: “Jason was really good fun and an all round great person. And I don’t even think that covers it.

“The Macmillan nurses were just so good and hospice was really great at looking after him in the last few days of his life.

“That is why we want to raise money for the charity and so decided to organise a gig.”

Bass player Phil Swales, guitartists Ben Watson and Mark Spurr and singer Andy Halsall will join forces with Mr Harris at the gig that takes place on February 19, at the Brookside Commercial Social Club, Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, from 9pm. Entry is £2.

The friends used to go to the club as teenagers so it was deemed the perfect venue for the gig.

Mr Harris said: “We are really looking forward to it and hope people put their hands in their pockets and show a bit of community support.”

The band are hoping to raise around £1,000 from donations on the evening, and will play covers of the Stereophonics, Kings of Leon and The Killers.

Mr Harris added: “It would mean so much to us to be able to raise that amount of money because the work the nurses do is absolutely fantastic. It is only when you see it first hand, that you realise just how dedicated and brilliant these people are.”

The Brookside have created a stage and dance floor specifically for the gig.

Mel Barker, secretary of the club, was also a friend of Mr North, and will donate to the band’s total.