THE weekend of Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May sees Whitby hosting its 13th annual Gospel Music Convention, with fans from all over Britain flocking to the town.
Making his first appearance at the event is Syd Little, one of Britain’s most successful comedy artistes.
Syd is one half of top comedy duo Little & Large. They have received numerous awards for their TV, club and theatre performances throughout the country and for their TV show that ran for many years.
Syd will be joined on stage by Ghris Gidney for the Saturday matinee performance.
International country music star, George Hamilton IV enjoys the Whitby event so much that he has it pencilled in his diary as a permanent annual fixture.
As well as performing, headliner George IV will compere the Saturday and Sunday evening concerts.
As always, there is a mixture of old favourites and some new faces.
Tony Goodacre is known as Britain’s Mr Country Music and is the UK’s most travelled and well-known country singer. He has sung at The Grand Ole Opry and also joined Paul Wheater for his historic appearance at The London Palladium.
Several other artistes from different areas of the country will also be performing.
The Ayrton Brothers farm the highest fell in Lancashire in an area known as Britain’s Bible Belt. The Christie Trio is a family group from central Scotland of two sisters and a brother.
Other new groups are Simple Faith from Northern Ireland and The North Ness Boys from Shetland.
Samuel Purdy, who used to play piano for Live Issue, will be making a solo appearance and also leading the evening sing-along and Saturday morning Testimony Time. Not to be missed is The Dave Clemo Band and their Country Gospel / Skiffle Fusion.
The organiser, well-known deep velvet vocalist, Paul Wheater, is joined by his daughter Sarah during his Saturday Matinee Country Gospel concert.
There are further activities during Whitby Spring Bible Week, which follows the convention weekend.
These include a coffee morning on Monday at Whitby Evangelical Church at 10.30am. Paul Wheater will sing and local fishermen’s chaplain, John Woollin, will be speaking.
Paul will also be singing in the day rooms of Whitby Hospital and in some of the town’s day centres. He will be joined by his friends Veronica Nelson of Whitby and Grahaeme and Laurie Petersen from Brotherton.
The main theme for Bible Week evening meetings (at Whitby Evangelical Church) will be The History of the early Church, presented by Roger Welch..
For more information and/or tickets, call (01947) 810561.