Daltrey and Nail in tune for good cause

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 24 06:21:27 CDT 2007


Daltrey and Nail in tune for good cause
Sep 24 2007 by Liz Hands, The Journal 

HUNDREDS of people descended upon one of the region’s
most well-known sights on Saturday night, raising
thousands for sick teenagers across the North-East.

Crowds flocked to see the stars grace the stage at The
Sage, Gateshead for the second annual 3 Mobile
Bandstand for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

And although the final figures have yet to be totted
up, it is hoped last year’s fundraising total of more
than £50,000 has been smashed.

Stars including singer and actor Jimmy Nail,
EastEnder’s Jill Halfpenny, soul sensation Ruby
Turner, Roland Gift of 1980’s band The Fine Young
Cannibals and TCT’s patron Roger Daltrey CBE, provided
an eclectic mix of music. This was interspersed with
stand-up comedy from Cold Feet’s John Thompson, Gavin
Webster and Vic Reeves.

Sharing the bill with the big names were many of those
who have received treatment for cancer from the RVI’s
cancer unit.

Singer Melissa Cavanagh, 17, from Sunderland received
a standing ovation. Her rendition of Angel, by Sarah
McLaughlin, moved many of the audience to tears.

She said: “I think it went well and I just couldn’t
believe the reaction. It meant a lot.”

Melissa was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a
cancer of the lymph nodes at the age of 13.

Emotions ran high for much of the performance as
heartfelt tributes were also paid to three cancer unit
patients that have lost their own battles with cancer
recently – Fliss Graham, 22, John Anderson, 19, and
15-year-old Jordan Thompson, who died just a week
before the show.

Jordan’s mother, Andrea, 38, of West Denton, said she
was pleased she had attended Bandstand 2007. She said:
“It was lovely.” The surprising finale of the show,
led by Roger Daltrey and Jimmy Nail, was a rendition
of Fog on the Tyne, the song made famous by footballer
Paul Gascoigne.

Audience member Lisa Gardiner, 27, of Lemington, said:
“That was a really nice surprise.

“It’s not the kind of song you’d expect a member of
The Who to sing, and it was a really great up-beat
ending to what was an emotional show.”

Bandstand 2007 also showcased the talents of local
bands including Kubichek!, The Toy Guns and Buffalo
77, after rehearsals at Durant Hall, part of the
Unitarian Church, before a lavish after-show party was
enjoyed at Calsberg’s Tuxedo Princess.

Simon Davies, Chief Executive of the Teenage Cancer
Trust, said: “A big thank you to everyone that bought
a ticket and helped support the event. Every one of
you has helped to make a big difference to the lives
of teenagers with cancer in the North-East of
England.” A new Teenage Cancer Unit at the RVI is due
to open in 2009.

-Brian in Atlanta
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