Stars and fans head to gospel music event

Paul Jones and his wife Fiona Hendley will star at the convention.
Paul Jones and his wife Fiona Hendley will star at the convention.

Whitby will host the 19th annual Gospel Music Convention next weekend (18-20 May) with fans from across Britain flocking to the town.

Making a welcome return to the popular event is Paul Jones together with his wife Fiona Hendley.

Paul saw huge success during the 60s with pop group Manfred Mann and still fronts The Manfreds, performing all the classic hits.

He also is heard by millions with his radio programme The Blues Club.

His wife Fiona Hendley has seen success in the West End and also with the award-winning TV show Widows.

Both Paul and Fiona are committed Christians and their Saturday matinee is billed as an event not to be missed.

Local singer and event organiser Paul Wheater is perhaps best known for his two historic full houses at The London Palladium in 1992 and 1994 and continues to perform all over Britain in theatres and churches.

As always there is a mixture of old favourites and some new faces at the convention.

Tony Goodacre is known as “Britain’s Mr Country Music” and is the UK’s most travelled Country singer.

A spokesman said: “We have several other artistes from across the country.

“The Ayrton Family farm the highest fell in Lancashire in an area known as Britain’s Bible Belt and are much loved for their old-time gospel music.

“There is a strong contingent from Northern Ireland with five groups travelling to Whitby. One of these groups, Simple Faith, recently sang to thousands of people at large open-air concerts in Nigeria.”

Ticket prices start at just £6 up to a full weekend pass for £49. For further information telephone 01947 810561 or visit www.paulwheater.co.uk/home/wgmc.