Oakengates pub hosts gig to fight cancer

By Mark Andrews | Oakengates | Telford entertainment | Published:

A Shropshire pub is offering a refuge for people wanting a break from the royal wedding celebrations by holding a charity music day.

The Crown Inn at Oakengates will be holding its Gig For Life from 1pm to 8pm tomorrow, with live music all day in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Landlord John Ellis said the event had been a huge success in recent years, raising thousands of pounds for the charity.

"Over the last 15 years, with great days of live music, we've raised around £15,000 for Cancer Research, so we're hoping to raise more this year," he said.

He added the pub in Market Street was also hosting its "Royal Bedding Day" in aid of the homeless at the same time.

The event is part of a campaign by Musicians Against Homelessness in response by a call from the leader of Maidenhead and Windsor Council to have the area cleared of rough sleepers on the day of the royal wedding.

Mr Ellis asked people to donate tinned food, socks, sleeping bags and tents to help homeless people.

Musicians performing at the event include Scott Doonican, Matthew Derrick and Ciaran Bradley, while the Magnificent Seven Crew will be performing in the courtyard.

A charity auction will also take place between 7pm and 8pm.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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