Church will never Walk Alone in its fundraising drive for bell tower - legendary front man Gerry Marsden to sing in Emley

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Legendary musician Gerry Marsden will perform at an Emley church to help raise money to restore its belltower.

The 70-year-old former frontman of Gerry and the Pacemakers, famed for hits including Ferry Cross the Mersey and You’ll Never Walk Alone, will headline a weekend of activities at St Michael’s Church.

Gerry will perform some early skiffle numbers, Beatles songs and his own hits at the church, on Saturday, June 22.

And the previous day there will be a musical workshop for children followed by folk singers Lorelei Loveridge, from the USA, and Zoe Mulford, from Manchester.

Event organiser Guy Loveridge, of Emley, has been a friend of Gerry’s since they met at a motorsport event in China ten years ago.

Mr Loveridge said: “When I heard the church needed help I thought what better way to raise money than to try to get him to come and play in Emley.

“After talking to some friends we decided it would be good to turn it into a small music festival.”

Tickets can be bought from Mr Loveridge on 01924 848418 or stmichaelsmusic@yahoo.co.uk

Friday, June 21 - Doors 7:30pm - FOLKY FRIDAY - Music from 8pm featuring Zoe Mulford and then Lorelei Loveridge & Heather Greenbank.

Saturday, June 22 - Doors 7:30pm - SIXTIES SATURDAY - An Evening with Gerry Marsden - starting at 8pm. Conversation and songs.

Sunday, June 23 - Doors open 1:30pm - from 2pm a guitar recital by Rob Scorah (former professor of music Huddersfield University) and an Organ recital - organist T.B.C.