Gig raises £2k for charities

Sarah Jane Morris and Swing Street Band. Picture by John Cole
Sarah Jane Morris and Swing Street Band. Picture by John Cole
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Scores of revellers in St Leonards saw January out with a swinging party in aid of charities which help protect children across the world from preventable diseases.

People at Saturday’s Clean Water, Safe Children benefit gig were greeted by fire eaters and stilt walkers at the Masonic Hall, donated by 3 Degree Events.

Vocal Explosion Choir, Raphael Kouadio drumming group, the Ingrid Pitt Orchestra, Esther Sebaziga, Bonkers Bingo and aerialists from the Hastings Guerrilla Circus took to the stage and party-goers were beguiled by magician, Michael Drinkwater.

Headliner, world-famous singer Sarah Jane Morris, was accompanied by guitarist Tony Remy and packed the floor with a rousing rendition of 80s chart topper

Events company, 18 Hours, donated its time to produce the event.

Mandy Curtis, director, said: “People in this town have big hearts and know how to party, which gave the evening a lovely, warm vibe. The event raised £2,000 for the Ebola Disaster Emergency Committee, Malaria No More and Water Aid.”