Different kind of report for ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell when he was Thunderstruck

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TV weatherman Jon Mitchell gave a report of a different kind when he sung Thunderstruck at a beer festival which raised thousands for charity.

Mr Mitchell, who is a weather presenter on ITV’s Calendar, helped fundraisers at the Brewer’s Pride, Ossett, to raise £8,130 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

He joined event organisers Tony Homewood, Stephen Whyte and Alex Story on stage for a performance of the ACDC hit.

Stephen Whyte, Brewer’s Pride manager, said: “We did phenomenally well on the day but with the sponsorship from companies across Yorkshire and London, we managed to basically double that figure.

“Credit must go to all of the musicians and singers who performed and provided equipment for the stage. They were all brilliant.

“Jon can’t even play a note so we didn’t plug him in but it looked great.”

The annual festival at the Healey Road pub - held on Sunday, August 3 - saw bands take to the stage and more than 60 beers on offer.

The beers were donated by a number of small Yorkshire brewers.

Live music came from local bands Apollo Circus and Nesta, as well as York-based 60s quartet, Flashback.

There was also a one-off performance by rockers Padded Cell in a rehashed line-up but still fronted by Nigel Nidge’ Hillam.

Sponsorship from Yorkshire based companies and organisations, including Eville & Jones, Northern Gas Networks, Seabrook Crisps and the Wakefield Conservative Property Trust helped to tot up the total for the charity, which relies almost entirely on charitable donations.

Mr Homewood, who helped organise the event and is a regular at the pub, said: “There is a lesson to all of this. What we have is a pub, beer and music gig which was a catalyst for people working together to achieve something that they all recognised for their common good.

“The result is a much greater achievement than anyone would have reasonably thought possible.”