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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Carlisle memorial concert will raise money for cancer charity

A concert organised by a son in memory of his dad continues to grow in popularity.

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Kelvin Wood: ‘I never imagined it to be as big’

The LW Rock 4 McMillan gig is organised by Kelvin Wood in memory of his dad Lance, who died of liver cancer in 2009. This year the event takes place on September 8 at the Shepherds Inn in Carlisle at 7pm.

It will feature seven acts – The Mass, Finding Albert, Big D, Mickey Diamond, Tori Louise, Plastic Paddy and Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket, who was one of Mr Wood’s favourite performers.

Kelvin, 39, of Oaklands Drive, Upperby, said: “The concert is in memory of my dad but also this year is dedicated to the courage of my mam, Beulah Wood, who was diagnosed with cancer at new year. She has since gone through surgery in February and has been given the all clear. It makes this year’s event more special as she will be there again helping out.”

All the money raised on the night will go to Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Kelvin, who is lead singer of The Mass, said: “There will also be a raffle, mystery auction, guess the bear’s birthday and a few surprises. I think my dad would’ve loved this, especially when people like Jimmy Cricket are coming to Carlisle. He used to watch him and he always wanted me to do charity dos.

“It’s just ironic how it is now because it is his legacy. We’ve put the ticket price up but that extra money means we’re able to arrange for a big name to appear.”

The first two concerts have raised more than £2,500 for the cancer charity, which provided nurses to care for Mr Wood at his home in Kirklinton during his battle with cancer.

Tickets cost £15 and are available through skiddle.com or from Kelvin on 07854 501129. They will cost £18 on the door.

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