Charity gig for flood victims

Zander Sumner with Nigel Evans. (s)
Zander Sumner with Nigel Evans. (s)

A benefit concert for the Ribble Valley flood victims is to be held this weekend.

Acts including The Slatts and Zander Band, Mark Duckworth and Xanthe and Zimmer will be performing at the gig on Sunday from 3pm onwards at Keystreet, Clitheroe, with all proceeds going towards those affected by the Boxing Day floods.

Zander, who lives in Billington and is part of The Slatts and Zander Band, has seen his sister and her family left homeless by the floods while many of his friends have also seen their lives turned upside down.

“It was just devastating, there’s no other way to describe it,” he said. “My sister lives in Woodfield View in Whalley with her husband and two kids. They were woken up at 7am on Boxing Day and told they had to get out within five minutes. The house has been condemned. It needs completely gutting and could take at least 10 months before its sorted. They’ve moved into our parents’ house for now. I have a lot of friends in Longworth Road, Billington, who are also in the same situation.

“Personally, I haven’t been affected fortunately but when we went down to help out the day after Boxing Day it left a real thump in your throat. So many people were there helping out, in some cases complete strangers. The community spirit shown has been incredible.”

The idea for the charity gig came about following a conversation between Zander and Keystreet landlady Bev Knight.

“I wanted to help raise some money and then when I was talking to Bev she mentioned putting on a gig on, so it came from there really.

“People will be there throughout the day with donation buckets and the support from local businesses has already been phenomenal. I have spoken with MP Nigel Evans who has supported the idea. And although he can’t be there on the day he has made a donation. All the bands are playing free of charge and it should be a really good day of entertainment.

“It is of course about raising money but it is also a way of saying thank you to all the helpers and volunteers who have donated their time, effort and services. The floods may have wrecked people’s homes and businesses but they haven’t destroyed the community spirit here.”

A hot buffet will be laid on and there will also be coffee and tea throughout the day. A raffle will also be held and anybody wanting to donate can do so by ringing Bev on 01200 422588.