The ska-ton army are all set to invade

Roddy radiation - Ska Fest at Uncle Tom's
Roddy radiation - Ska Fest at Uncle Tom's
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Take four friends with a common interest, give them a spark of an idea and watch them go.

That’s what has happened to Brian Reddington, Jon Bamborough, Ian Chadwick and Darren James.

They talked about something that had never happened in Blackpool before – a ska music festival – and after asking peoples’ opinion on Facebook , decided to run with it.

Now, several months down the line, it is all coming together and the Skank Pool Ska Festival is set to rock at Uncle Tom’s Cabin on March 17.

It will be headlined by Roddy Radiation (from The Specials) and Rico Rodriguez (The Specials and Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) backed by Blackpool’s own Ska Face.

Nine other bands will be featured on the day including Stone Foundation (who recently toured with The Specials) , The Communicators, The Estimators, Offbeat Offensive, Addictive Philosophy and Ska-Waddy.

Brian Reddington said: “When all the bands were booked we were still being inundated with requests to take part in the event. It was a nightmare turning such talent away, but if this is as successful as we think it is going to be, there will be more to come.”

Programmes will be sold on the day to raise money for Brian House, and an auction of donated items from the bands and clothing companies will take place for the same cause. Uncle Tom’s will also be arranging a bucket collection for Brian House.

The festival will run from noon until 2am. Tickets are £15 in advance and £20 on the door. They can be purchased directly from Uncle Tom’s Cabin or from