Burnley Express coffee morning caps the lot

The Flat Cap Pack: From the left, Liam Husband, Eric Beardsworth, Jamie Critchley and Simon Higgs
The Flat Cap Pack: From the left, Liam Husband, Eric Beardsworth, Jamie Critchley and Simon Higgs

OUR very own Burnley Express 125th anniversary coffee morning is this Saturday, and we would love readers to come along and join us for what promises to be a memorable time.

There will be delicious home-made cakes and drinks, some wonderful fun entertainment, a raffle and tombola with plenty of prizes, and an interesting book stall.

The £1 admission (50p for children) will all go to Pendleside Hospice.

The entertainment, in the form of the Flat Cap Pack, is a tribute act with a difference, singing some of the best-loved songs from the repertoire of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin, given new lyrics with a Lancashire twist. Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy, follows their fortune on the internet.

Eric Beardsworth is from Padiham; Jamie Critchley from Helmshore, Liam Husband is from Nelson and Simon Higgs, from Heywood.

The foursome are making their debut at the anniversary coffee morning and will sing about the things that are dearest to their hearts, such as beer, pies, whippets and Burnley lasses. They created the Flat Cap Pack for a project at the University of Bolton, where they are on a BA performing arts course. “We all love the old Rat Pack songs, and we thought we’d play around with them for a bit of fun,” said lyric writer Eric, who is also a regular cast member in musicals at Pendle Hippodrome.

“We’re not taking the mickey out of the Rat Pack, we’re just living up to some old northern clichés and sending ourselves up. Apparently, we’ve already got Nancy Sinatra following us on Twitter.”

• Our coffee morning takes place at the Burnley Express, this Saturday at 10am