Stars flood venue for good cause

Viva's Martin Heywood and Leye D Johns with Kendal In The Wind host Jimmy Love, at Roy Chubby Brown's blue piano, which is being auctioned off to boost flooding fundraising efforts at the venue in Church Street, Blackpool
Viva's Martin Heywood and Leye D Johns with Kendal In The Wind host Jimmy Love, at Roy Chubby Brown's blue piano, which is being auctioned off to boost flooding fundraising efforts at the venue in Church Street, Blackpool
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More than £3,600 was raised in a charity showcase for victims of last month’s flooding in the North West.

Performers rallied at Blackpool’s Viva to present a ‘marathon’ five-hour show, featuring comedy, music and more in aid of Combrian Community Foundation’s Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal.

Singer Jimmy Love, best known locally as Elton John at Legends at the Sands Venue, hosted Kendal In The Wind, with Viva regulars Leye D Johns, the showgirls and Ryan Gleeson joined by other tribute and comedy acts.

With a seven-night trip to Barbados to win in the raffle, the event raised £3,620.

The Viva team has been inspired to raise further funds for the flooding appeal, and will soon launch an online auction to sell off Roy Chubby Brown’s blue grand piano, which has been displayed at the Church Street venue for the past year.

Managing director Martin Heywood said: “Roy appeared at Viva the night before Kendal In The Wind and has offered his blue piano for auction.

“He wants it to raise as much cash as we can for the appeal.

“It’ll be signed, it’s emblazoned with the name ‘Chubby’ and we’ll also throw in four tickets to Roy’s show at Viva in March, as well as signed prints and a meet and greet with the man himself.”

Details of the auction are yet to be confirmed.