ROCK stars Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde, Deborah Harry and UB40 will help raise funds for an Egremont school this weekend. Their signed memorabilia will be going under the hammer tomorrow for the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund, a charity set up by their son Francis.

Francis is best known as the ex-frontman of 80s chart toppers It Bites and he still performs as a solo artist. He has roped in his famous mates to help raise cash to buy musical instruments for St Bridget’s School in his home town of Egremont.

As well as the auction, a gig is planned for tomorrow night at Rosehill Theatre.

Francis Dunnery, David Sancious, an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Chris Difford, of Squeeze, Maryport group John and Wayne, Nick Gardner and Dorie Jackson will play the Whitehaven theatre.

David Sancious, who has also played with Seal, Aretha Franklin and Sting, is flying from America especially for the gig. They have all waived their fees for the concert and all cash raised will go directly to the school.

Limited tickets are available but for those who cannot make it, people will have the chance to meet Francis and Chris Difford at sponsored walk around Ennerdale on Saturday morning, which starts at 9am.

The auction takes place at the Ship Launch pub in Egremont between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday and a golf tournament and five-a-side football tournament is planned.

It is the third year that Francis has arranged events for good causes in West Cumbria and he hopes to raise more than £3,000 from this weekend’s activities.

Published in Times & Star

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