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Charity gig strikes a chord with Cradley audience
2:58pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A GALA night of comedy and music in Cradley raised more than £1,200 for a cancer charity that helped organiser musician Brian T Williams overcome throat cancer.
The event at the town’s sports and social club last week featured top midlands comic Ian “Sludge” Lees and popular northern comedian and singer Allan Roberts.
It was the second gala night Mr Williams had staged an beat last year’s total of almost £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 63-year-old former one man band, who performed with Niven Smith, from Blackheath, as the duo Beechwood at the gig, described it as “superb”.
The evening also featured guitarist and instrumentalist Ian Lockyer, taking a break from the cabaret/hotel/cruising circuits and vocalist Szara King, whose credits include Blackpool’s Central Pier and one time resident vocalist at the Talk of London.
Mr Williams said: “It was an absolutely superb night's entertainment with every performer giving an outstanding spot and being thoroughly appreciated by an enthusiastic audience. A special thanks also to all those - the crew - who helped behind the scenes.
He added: “The event raised an amazing £1,240 and we would like to thank everyone who attended and others who supported the event with donations, raffle prizes and general help.”
After performing in shows, on cruises and around the world for 35 years, Mr Williams was struck down by throat cancer in 2009.
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