On Saturday 12th April 2014 an evening of live music and entertainment was held at the Wortley House Hotel in the memory of Michael White to raise money for The Child of the Year Awards – a charity event that will be held in august. The evening was well organised by Vicky Barratt and Michael’s mum Tina Waring, and there was a fantastic turnout with 175 tickets sold. In total £948.28 was raised with £228 of this coming from a raffle on the evening (a proportion of the raffle money will be going to another of Vicky’s charities the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.)
The evening began with Mr. Jonny Lavin taking the stage for a few songs, followed by another local singer/songwriter the lovely Sian Hart, and then a third in the shape of Mr. Matt Hercock. Next up Martin Morgan, (a man who embodies entertainment), made his showbiz entrance before he performed a few numbers in his own rather unique style. After this, as if by magic Jonny, Matt and Sian combined to become lively folk act Ramble Gamble, jollying up the room with a great mix of covers and their own songs whilst Martin hilariously vogued and frolicked about the dance-floor like a welsh Disco Stu. This man has his own Martin The Movie coming out would you believe. Keep an eye out for Ramble Gamble‘s soon to be forthcoming EP as well. Ollie Joe Griffiths from Wrawby was next. He had a fantastic voice and when requested to play his version of Mr Brightside, in the words of his fans, “He smashed It”. A beatbox act that has performed with Mary J Blige was next to take to the open floor, rather than the stage, Beatbox Drase & Babyface from Manchester. A talented pair who have just released their own single “Dutty” available to buy. Headlining the evening were Box Pavilion who rocked right from their opening with Dani California all the way to there last song Wonderwall, a song which had a special meaning to friends of Michael. All in all a very enjoyable evening that it was obvious a lot of effort had gone into. You could tell from the décor, the personal touches of sweets and goodies on the tables, to great line up of entertainment, that it meant a lot to the organisers that it was done right. And it was. Can’t wait for the next one.
A DVD/CD of the evening is available from firstname.lastname@example.org for just £5. All sales will be added to the running total of funds already raised.
Very Special Thanks from Vicky and Tina go out to the following sponsors:-
The Wortley House Hotel – For their continued and future support and for kindly accommodating the evening
Britannia Bar & NightClub – For helping, promote and support the event and for kindly donating £250
Sam Broadbent – Sam MC’d, did the sound, designed the posters and generally worked very hard to make the evening a success
Visio Clothing – Sam’s very own and very popular clothing label sponsored and donated raffle prizes for the evening
Sam Bramham and Ginger Whinger Discos – For supplying the sound equipment giving his time and making sure it sounded just right.
Josh Clarke & Red Sky
Productions – For working non stop after a long day to help document and capture the spirit of the evening.
(Also raffle prizes were donated by the following (Trent Valley Gliding Club, Paul Gordon Hair Salon, Pipers crisps, Fallen Hero, Sincerity by Jules, Morrisons, The Anchor Beefeater pub, The Whistle and Flute and many more…)
Article by N.Akester