Concert inspired by Philomena aims to raise charity cash

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A FUND-RAISING concert in memory of a Whitby woman who was an honorary citizen of the town is to be held next month.

Philomena Dearie who died in January at the age of 71 formed the Fairmead Concert Party which raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities over a period of 25 years.

She was born in Middlesbrough but moved with her family to Whitby in the 1940s. They were a musical family, a tradition along with their efforts for charity, they have continued.

The memorial concert for Philomena will take place at the Metropole Hotel on Friday 20 May.

Featuring in it will be her grandson Wilbur Koerber who will contribute drum solos, her brother Joe Bollands, a lead singer with sixties rock and roll band Nostalgia, guitar vocalist Elisa Perks, guitarist Dave Boyes, base player Eric Lavagna, guitarist Norrie Wells, drummer Roy Jay and singer guitarist Keith Swales.

Master of Ceremonies will be Jimmy Lupton.

All the artists are performing without charge and the Metropole has also donated the use of the concert room.

All proceeds will be donated to research for cancer and motor neurone disease. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets at £2.50 each are available on the door.