Homeless to benefit with a little help from their friends

A POPULAR local Beatles tribute band is to mark the 50th anniversary of an iconic album release by raising funds for a struggling homelessness charity.

June 1 signals half a century since Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was heard for the first time.

TRIBUTE BAND: The Threetles

Now the Saddleworth-based Threetles are reprising the album in its entirety plus other classic Fab Four tracks for the benefit of community group, ‘We Shall Overcome’.

The organisation is based at The Station pub in Ashton-under-Lyne and looks after the homeless and more vulnerable members of the society.

The gig takes place at George Lawton Hall on Thursday, June 1 and tickets are now on sale costing £5.

“I have wanted to do something for the group for a while,” explains band member, Paul Broady.

“The lady who runs it, Pauline Town, used to be landlady of the Witchwood in Ashton. We played a few gigs there and I got to know her quite well.

“More recently, I haven’t seen her as much but always keep in touch via Facebook. She does such a lot to help the less fortunate.

“I know the group is short on funds and the pub has been broken into three times. So, all proceeds from the gig at the George Lawton Hall will go to ‘We Shall Overcome.

“The fact it is 50 years since the release of Sgt Pepper ties in nicely. We hired the Astoria a few years ago to mark 50 years since the Beatles played in Oldham.

“We raised about £2,500 for a local group called, Cancer Charity, and also for Dr Kershaws.”

So, if you want to help a good cause and listen to songs like ‘When I’m Sixty Four,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘She’s Leaving Home’, then go and see The Threetles on June 1.

Tickets are on sale at the George Lawton Hall and via the band’s Facebook page.


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