Charity event will honour life of avid music fan

AN assortment of musicians will take to the stage in a Morpeth bar on Sunday for a charity gig.

The event at the Sour Grapes in Newgate Street for Macmillan Cancer Support is in memory of a local man, Ray Moffatt, who lost his battle with cancer last year.

The Smokehouse Boys will begin the event and The Hookahs are taking the evening slot. A host of local musicians and groups will play in between, including the Lyndon Anderson Band.

Mr Moffatt worked for BT and was a firearms advisor to the police.

One of the organisers, Christine Wilson, said: “Ray was an avid music fan and would often sit at the front when bands were playing at the Sour Grapes.

“He was well-known by everyone and the bands and musicians who are performing at this gig were all happy to do so in his memory.

“We have made the request that the men wear Hawaiian shirts because Ray usually wore that type of shirt when he came along to watch the performances.

“The event is also an opportunity to remember all our friends and family whom we have lost to cancer and to thank the Macmillan Cancer Support nurses for their sterling work.”

The gig starts at 3pm and will end at about 10.30pm. Entry is free and so those in attendance will be asked to make a donation at some time during the proceedings.

For more information, call Susan Todd at the Sour Grapes on 01670 519069.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist healthcare, information and financial support to people affected by cancer and it campaigns for better cancer care.