Cancer charity to benefit from sell-out music night at rugby club

The Dolly Mixtures during their first live performance
The Dolly Mixtures during their first live performance

A sell-out gig last Saturday night raised £1,100 for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity in memory of town woman Nicky Woodbridge.

More than 200 people attended Market Harborough Rugby Club in Northampton Road to enjoy the various musical acts performing throughout the evening.

Those who could not attend Glastonbury or Robbie Williams over that weekend still got to enjoy some great live music right on their doorstep.

It included a first live performance by Harborough’s new ladies’ pop choir The Dolly Mixtures, who managed to impress the heaving crowd with renditions of Run by Snow Patrol, Adele’s Make You Feel My Love and finishing with a show-stopping Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, raising a huge cheer and much clapping to ensure the evening got off to a great start.

There were then two duets and two solos by members of The Dolly Mixtures and from their musical leader Alex Reffell.

The gig then shifted up a gear as the first band of the evening took to the stage. The Acid Queens, put together especially for the night, performed about ten cover tracks ranging from David Bowie’s The Jean Genie to The Damned’s New Rose.

Pete Godfrey confidently led the vocals and played rhythm guitar and The Acid Queens’ set finished with guest vocalist Matt Hickman doing an excellent impression of Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols.

The appreciative crowd took to the dance floor and continued to boogie throughout the set from headline act The Others featuring lead singer Ricky Bateman.

The Others, a Harborough-based covers band, stormed through a set list of indie rock classics to create a fabulous end to the evening.

Maureen O’Malley, the charity gig organiser, said: “All the performances were truly mesmerising. The combined efforts of everyone involved ensured a most fabulous evening. Watch this space for the next one!”

Two years ago the town’s rugby club was the setting for a similar charity gig which raised more than £800 for breast cancer charity Coppafeel in memory of popular Harborough woman Nicky Woodbridge who died in January 2010 from breast cancer aged just 45.

Maureen, a family friend of Nicky, thanked the generous folk at Harborough Rugby Club who again provided the venue free of charge.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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