Tuesday, 24 November 2015

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Day of music and fun in Carlisle for local good causes

A host of good causes took centre stage at an annual charity fundraiser in Carlisle.

Reiver fun day photo
Organiser Mick Locke with Ramsay Bryson, of the Carlisle Ukulele Band

The Border Reiver Charity Fun Day is now in its fourth year and organisers chose The Olivia Story Trust, the Great North Air Ambulance and the Stroke Association as beneficiaries this time.

The event took place on Sunday, with families from all over the city turning out for a day of fun and music at the pub in Yewdale.

Organiser Mick Locke, known to many as singer Micky Diamond, was one of the featured acts this year as he tried to raise cash for causes close to his heart.

“It is a year to the day that my father-in-law Foster Cooper died of a stroke,” explained the Raffles-based singer. “So I chose the Stroke Association to add to our fundraising list.”

Brave meningitis survivor Olivia Story also made an appearance.

Micky has been a keen supporter of Olivia’s trust after his own son Connor contracted the condition when he was just one.

“He had it when he was one but he has made a full recovery,” added Mickey. “So I just try to put something together each year to raise some money.

Micky was joined on stage by the Carlisle Ukulele Band, as well as city-based singer Courtney O’Neill and her dad Dean O’Neill, in separate performances.

The bank holiday crowd was also wowed by rapper Johnny G and band Room 101, before DJ Mike Harding played tunes until late in the evening.

Micky was joined in the organisation of the day by landlords Tony Grierson and his wife Michelle.

“They have been brilliant in terms of promoting it as they always are,” Micky said.

“We also had Slater’s Fun Fair down for the kids and the Hungry Horrace Hog Roast to keep people fed.”

The final total of money raised has not yet been counted, but organisers are hoping to top last year’s total.



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