Live bands to hit right note for charity

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The Sportsman Inn will host an annual day of music to remember lost friends and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The free event will take place on August 17 from 1pm-8pm and include sets from Mel’s Born To Be Wild Band, Broken Road, Pancho Bullit, Orchid, Blue Streak and Big Mouth.

Last year’s takings for the charity reached £2,199, but landlady Kirsty Elwood wants to top £2,500 this year.

“There’s a lot of our friends and people from the pub who have suffered and lost their lives to cancer,” she said.

“Everybody is hit by cancer at some point during their lives and that needs to be hammered home.”

The event has run for five years at the Sportsman and will again include face painting, a kids tombola, adult bottle tombola, raffles and a barbecue. Kirsty hopes around 400 punters will turn out for it.

“Everybody loves music and it just brings everybody together. We are expecting it to go really well.”

Macmillan Cancer Support offers affected families personal help and financial advice in the aftermath of diagnosis.

Clara White, fundraising manager for Leeds at Macmillan, said: “This annual event is fantastic and a great way to spend a Sunday – listening to great music with great company.

“We are so grateful for continued support of the Sportsman Inn. Macmillan relies on donations for almost all of our income so we simply would not exist without great local fundraisers like this.”

The Sportsman is in Hunger Hill near Great Northern Street.