WEST Cumbrian-born rock star Francis Dunnery returned home to Egremont to help raise funds for the town’s St Bridget’s Primary School, at the weekend.

The former It Bites frontman, now based in New York, came back to take part in a series of fundraisers in aid of the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund.

The registered charity was launched two years ago in memory of his parents and has already raised money for the West Cumberland Hospital’s children’s ward.

This year’s fundraising activities started with a sponsored walk round Ennerdale on Saturday.

More than 80 walkers took part, including St Bridget’s pupils and their families, Francis Dunnery and his sister, Fay Dunnery, Chris Difford, from the band Squeeze, and Francis’s nephew John Dunnery and Wayne Wilkinson, from the popular local duo, John & Wayne.

Other fundraising activities over the weekend included golf and football tournaments, pop quiz and auction, and a concert starring John & Wayne, Chris Difford, and headliner Francis Dunnery, accompanied by David Sancious who was coming in from America especially for the event.

Published in The Whitehaven News

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