Saturday, 11 October 2008

October 2008 Club Night

The club was absolutely chokka by 7:30 with the entertainment running non-stop from 8:00pm until after 11:00pm in a vain attempt to include everyone who had volunteered to entertain us.
It was good to see so many old friends back for the new season and their efforts are really appreciated. Kenny "Spennymoor legend" Potts was supposed to be sidelined for this match on medical grounds but he did make it off the substitutes' bench for a few minutes to provide vocal backing for Angie.It is always great to see new faces and this month there were several including Keith, (featuring a "mean" sax on his version of Baker Street) and Dave Crawford on guitar and vocals - backed for the evening by the superb Stray Dogs. Sharron performed a version of Bette Midler's "the Rose", accompanied by Alan Leightell on acoustic guitar, which was fit for Gateshead's Sage (where she has performed it twice already).
Big Jim was up to his usual antics encouraged by Colin Woodland and Co (not that he needs any encouragement). Jim even brought along his brother-in-law Geoff to give us a C & W song.
In addition to our regular contributors there were several old friends back.Peter, together with his two brothers and an old friend, reminded us again once again why they were so popular during the Sixties.Jim Blenkhorn had travelled all the way from London once again to join us.Rock of Ages were back with their distinctive brand of rock - this time supported on backing vocals by none other than our Paula.

In the event we did not quite manage to fit everyone in - but the good news is that we already have the start of a list for next month.

Would you like to have a go?
Are you the next Paul Potts - ( sorry Kenny Potts)?
Are you an established act who likes to live dangerously? Then why not let us end your career?
We are always on the look out for new (and old) talent and will be happy to provide live backing if required.
The only proviso is that the music is Sixties(ish)
If you are a bit nervous we can even arrange for you to have a quick run through at our weekly rehearsal evening.

Go on - we won't bite (we can't most us of have no teeth)

The slots do fill up fast - so I guess the best advice is to get in early with your requests to Alan L - who can be contacted by e-mail anytime at

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Lumley Charity Gig - 27 Sept 2008

During the Summer Break, VSL regulars responded in their usual magnificent way, to a request from Big Jim to help out with a local fund-raising project.

Kelly McKitten was only 31 years of age when she was tragically murdered, in February 2008, leaving two young sons.
The community of Pelton, where she lived, got together to organise a Family Support Fund for the boys, and a spectacular evening's entertainment was arranged at Great Lumley Workmen's Club as part of this initiative.

The evening included a fancy dress competition, games, a raffle and we were happy to provide the entertainment free of charge. The event raised almost £1300.

Thanks to all who took part. We had a blast.