Can you see the banners flying? St Elmo’s Fire singer John Parr plays Kirkhamgate village hall

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The 1980s stadium rocker John Parr is used to playing vast venues like Madison Square Garden.

But on December 6 the man behind St Elmo’s Fire and other hit movie soundtracks will be playing a slightly smaller gig in Wakefield.

Kirkhamgate Village Hall, which has a capacity of 120, has lined up the Grammy nominated artist to play its Christmas concert.

He will be performing his Evening with John Parr show where he talks about his career which includes soundtrack work on Schwartzenegger’s The Running Man and Three Men and a Baby, which starred Tom Selleck. He has also toured with Tina Turner and Bryan Adams.

Mr Parr is no stranger to the hall on Brandy Car Road as he played there about six years ago.

Shaun Whelan, of Kirkhamgate Community Association, said: “I know for a fact he is looking forward to the Christmas gig. He absolutely loved it the first time he played here.”

The venue has a tradition of drawing in big names. The Bay City Rollers, Black Lace and members of T Rex have all played there.

Kirkhamgate resident Mr Whelan, who was Black Lace’s tour manager during their hit years, said: “When the village hall was almost dilapidated and falling to pieces we decided to do a few concerts to raise a bit of money. That was 12 years ago.”

Tickets for John Parr at the restored venue cost £13 each. Call 07850 000042 for tickets.