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Music stars’ fund-raising success for hospice

Lisa Martin fundraiser at Trinity Hospice accepts the cheque from Stiff Richard's Rob Hulme, Lisa Walker and Joanne Wright and Emma Wright.

Lisa Martin fundraiser at Trinity Hospice accepts the cheque from Stiff Richard's Rob Hulme, Lisa Walker and Joanne Wright and Emma Wright.

Stiff Richard, one of Blackpool’s biggest bands in the 80s and 90s, raised more than £1,500 for Trinity Hospice with their reunion gig.

The group got back together for a special one-off performance as a tribute to Johnny and Ivy Walker, who both recently passed away.

Mr and Mrs Walker were landlords at the Royal Oak on Lytham Road, the pub where all the big artists in Blackpool used to play, including Stiff Richard.

“It was about giving something back to the people who not only gave us so much pleasure from performing in their pub, but also to remember they put the pub on the local music scene map, “ said Rob Hulme from the band.

“Johnny and Ivy were real characters and their enthusiasm and vision helped make the pub a really great music venue.

“Back then, there were only really a handful of bands and venues, and it always seemed to be a choice between either Shady at the Belle Vue or Stiff Richard at the Royal Oak. They were great days.

“Hopefully the gig (which took place last month) was a lot of fun and also a trip down memory lane for a lot of people, and we are delighted to have raised a good amount for charity.”

Emma Wright, the granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Walker, and who reached the Bootcamp stage on X-Factor, also sang on the night.

A cheque for £1,522.94 has been presented to Trinity Hospice.

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