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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Civic Hall will get by with a little help from its friends

FRIENDS of Whitehaven Civic Hall have come together to offer their support and play for free for the under-threat venue.

Major stars Jon Windle, of Little Man Tate fame, The Seahorses’ Chris Helme and Inspiral Carpets’ legend Tom Hingley will take to the Civic stage along with the best on the local music scene on Good Friday (March 29) for the Save the Civic all-day bash.

And fans can enjoy a blast from the past as a popular local group, who have enjoyed Civic success in the past, will reform for one night only. The Marratimes, fronted by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy, will reunite to show their support for the venue.

Other performers on the bill include See Emily Play (Jon Windle’s ex-singer), Mazzoni, Teenage Mary, Sails, Papa Quebec, Life in a Glass House, Cat Like Thief, Religion of Tomorrow, Massarioty, Project 9, Psychedelia Smith, Horizons and Oven.

Music will be played over three stages and acoustic music can be enjoyed from the likes of David Eldon, Joe Riley, Dan Pickering, Ryan Kitto, Emma Dockeray, Sarah Dockeray, Amy Morton, Claire Jackson, Arran George, Tom Taylor, Tom Salmon and Jude Connelly.

The Civic Hall is currently “proposed for closure” under Copeland Council’s budget cuts, which will see it save £2.6m by 2015.

Danny Maudling, of events organisers The Mighty Boof, said: “It’s another great all day line-up, headlined by some great friends of ours.

“Jon Windle has played here a few times and always loves Whitehaven and was first on the list to help us out, and Tom Hingley and Chris Helme will join us again to help out with our cause. We cant wait for this one so come help us save the Civic.”

Tickets cost £8 in advance in person from Threads, King Street, www.threads-clothing.com and from the Civic Hall or its website www.civichall.org.uk.

They will also be available on the door for £10. All proceeds go to the venue. Doors open 1.30pm.

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