Da Boys are Back in Town
A reunion of bands from the ‘60s to the ‘70s raised £2,600 for Weldmar
At the end of September 2017 ‘Da Boys Are Back in Town’ presented a whole evening of music at Weymouth’s Centenary Club.
- Blind Harvest
- Conquerors/Crystal Ship
- Package Deal
- Brahms & Liszt
- Violin Shoppe/Abacus
The evening sold out almost as soon as it was advertised.
Chris Dean, one of the organisers, said “We were overjoyed that all 300 tickets sold out so quickly. We held a waiting list, and were very thankful when tickets were donated back to us from supporters who could no longer attend”.
The evening was organised by Chris with Simon Breakspear, Phil McDonnell, with support from Paul Ward of the Centenary Club.
Chris said “Paul would open up the Centenary Club for us whenever we needed in the lead up to the gig, allowing all the bands to rehearse and get used to the space. This was really kind of him, as many of the musicians hadn’t seen each other for many, many years. But, once they started playing, it was like they’d never lost contact”.
Simon Breakspear said: “It was a one in a million evening. It went so well and all the bands played really well. The venue was full up from six o’clock until the end. And the fact that we were raising so much money for Weldmar Hospicecare was the icing on the cake.”
So far, this event has raised £2,600 for the Dorset hospice – and a cheque was presented to the charity on behalf of all the bands at the end of October.
Diane Bentley, Weldmar’s Community Engagement Fundraiser, said “I was delighted to meet up with some of the guys behind this event – and was overjoyed that they have managed to raise so much for Weldmar. It is only with the support of our local community that we can continue to provide our outstanding services across Dorset”.
Weldmar provides end of life care for people living in Dorset, offering specialist support to patients and their families, both medically and through counselling, in the community, in their hospice and at home.
All the care they provide is free and reliant on public donations.
The organisers are now planning their next event.
Simon said “I can honestly say it was a total success. We’ll be doing it again next year because it went so well. We’ll announce it on our Facebook Group as soon as we have more news”.