Plans unveiled for 9-hour charity gig

Concert organisers – making preparations for the Prospects Stadium gig on Canvey

Concert organisers – making preparations for the Prospects Stadium gig on Canvey

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A DISABILITY group has teamed up with Canvey Island Football Club to host a ninehour music marathon in memory of an 11-year-old boy.

Combining Disability Services, which organises regular live music and disco nights for disabled islanders, is putting on a huge event which will see more than eight bands take to the stage to entertain families.

Thousands of party-goers are expected to take over Prospects Stadium, in Park Lane, Canvey, on Sunday, May 4. All money raised will be split between two local charities – the Mushroom Troop performing arts organisation and the Danny Green Fund.

This year’s big bonanza comes after the success of a similar music concert at the Lobster Smack pub, in Haven Road, Canvey, last summer. Organiser Tony Thorne, 66, from Combining Disability Services, said: “The football ground is much bigger, so it’s going to be a huge scale event this time around.

“There will be at least eight bands and the music will be nonstop for nine hours.

“It is intended to be a complete family day, and we are hoping to get a couple of thousand people turn up.

“It’s a joint effort between us and Canvey Island FC. We’re hoping to make it an annual event. It’s something fun for the community to look forward to and we’re helping local charities.

“The Danny Green Fund is close to everyone’s hearts because it’s a children’s charity.”

The fund supports children under 16 with the rare condition posterior fossa syndrome.

It was set up in memory of 11- year-old Canvey boy, Danny Green, who died after a battle with brain and spinal cancer.

The organisers now need to secure a licence from Castle Point Council.

As well as live music, partygoers will also be able to enjoy inflatables, fair ground rides and a range of food and drink.

For more information about the event, call 01268 475123.

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