£2k in punk power to Streetlife charity coffers

The StreetLife refuge on Buchanan Street in Blackpool.

The StreetLife refuge on Buchanan Street in Blackpool.

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Local charity Streetlife have been handed a £2,000 boost thanks to the Rebellion Festival.

The annual punk-fest, which took place at the Winter Gardens, saw fans flock to the resort from throughout the UK and beyond.

But it wasn’t all just about the music, as punk legends Cock Sparrer proved.

The band raffled off the custom-made backdrop they used on stage on the Saturday night in the Empress Ballroom.

It was the fourth time the band had headlined the festival, and they wanted to use the occasion to support a local organisation.

But the amount of cash raised stunned even the band.

“We are overwhelmed by the level of support and by the number of people who made donations without taking tickets,” said singer Colin McFaull.

“As a band we know how lucky we are to have the Rebellion festival and we wanted to give something back to the people of Blackpool.”

Tony Riley, from Streetlife, who work with homeless and vulnerable young people in the town, said: “It was a real wow moment when the band told us the amount, and the money raised will go a long way to maintaining the work we do in our emergency night-shelter. Massive thanks to all the fans who bought raffle tickets and made donations.”

The backdrop was won by Cock Sparrer fan Colin Kennedy, who couldn’t stop grinning when he met the band to collect his prize. “I’ve no idea where we’re going to put it,” he said, “but we’re really pleased we won it.”

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