Rocking for Refugees- artists to help people fleeing war-torn countries

Top bands and artists will perform at a benefit gig to highlight the plight of refugees.

Musical acts The Solicitors, Cry Baby Cry and Jilly Riley will appear at the Rock for Refugees event at Unity Works on Thursday, November 19.

Spoken word artist Matt Abbott, who has just returned from a UK-wide tour, will also perform at the show.

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It has been organised by community groups City of Sanctuary and We are Wakefield to highlight the situation facing asylum seekers here in Wakefield and further afield in Europe, Syria and Iraq.

On the evening Wakefield City of Sanctuary will hold an Exchange or Sale Rail to help pay for emergency clothing items for people who arrive in the city. Good quality vintage clothing can be either exchanged or sold.

The organisation gives out around 70 packs of clothing and shoes a week and is in urgent need of supplies.

We are Wakefield has been coordinating refugee relief donations in the city and is planning a trip to Dunkirk at the end of November to hand over much-needed supplies.

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The group has already given more than 100 bags of clothing to people fleeing war-torn Syria as well as supporting the relief effort in Wakefield.

The event will start at 7pm at the venue on Westgate.

Tickets cost £10 or £7 for students and the unwaged and are available from Unity Works, Lightwaves Leisure Centre or online by logging on to

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