WEST Cumbrian-born singer/songwriter Francis Dunnery is making a welcome return later this month, all in the name of charity. Francis, who shot to fame as the leader of pop group It Bites, is taking part in a weekend of sponsored events.
The star, who is still writing and touring, has returned to the area every year since 2002 for the annual fund-raiser. It is in aid of the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund, which he set up in memory of his parents.
All money raised goes to helping local youngsters and this year Bookwell School in Egremont will benefit. Francis’ visit – on the weekend of October 22/23 – will include a sponsored walk, football tournament and live gig.
It is the second leg of this year’s event, following a charity auction, pub quiz and golf competition in July. The sponsored walk takes place on Saturday, October 22 – and there is still time to book a place.
Walkers – who need to pick up a sponsorship form before the event – will meet at Bowness Knott car park, Ennerdale, at 9am for breakfast, before setting off on the trek at 10am.
The following day, at 10am, five-a-side teams are invited to a charity football tournament at Wyndham School. There will be trophies and medals for the winners and entry is £30 per team.
On Sunday night, Francis will take to the Rosehill Theatre stage for his sell-out gig.
To take part in the walk call Mark on 01946 823613 or pick up a form from Bookwell School. Contact Mark to enter a football team.
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 11, 2005
By Pamela McGowan
Published in News & Star