Stiff Richard return for tribute night

Stiff Richard in their heyday, performing at the Royal Oak in 1989
Stiff Richard in their heyday, performing at the Royal Oak in 1989
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Kids, you might not have heard of Stiff Richard. But anyone, say, aged 30 and over, who was into the local music scene back in the 80s and 90s, will nod knowingly and say - ‘one of the best bands around’.

Which means that whatever age you are, you could do worse than heading to the Royal Oak on Lytham Road on Saturday for the band are getting back together for a one-off performance.

The band are performing as a tribute to the late landlord Johnny Walker, and his wife Ivy, who both recently passed away. All proceeds are being donated to Trinity Hospice Cancer Trust.

“It’s about giving something back to 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 the enigmatically named Mole, lead singer of 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.

“We really hope this gig is going to be a lot of fun and also a trip down memory lane for a lot of people”.

Also on the bill is Emma Wright, granddaughter of Johnny and Ivy. She reached the Boot Camp stage on X-Factor and will open the evening.

Music on the night starts at 8pm and both bars will be opened to accommodate as many people as possible.

The event is free, with an extended licence until 2am.