Stranglers frontman in Weston charity show

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 July 2015

Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell

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A ‘ROCK hero’ will perform a solo gig in a Weston church to raise money for a town charity.

Hugh Cornwell, best known for his role as a vocalist in punk giants The Stranglers, is performing a solo acoustic show this year in aid of the Lighthouse Charity.

The Surrey-born band, which emerged in the 1970s, had a career spanning four decades and in that time bagged 23 singles in the UK top 40 chart.

Hugh is the original frontman for the band, acting as guitarist and singer, but his latest charity tour is due to be set at a lower volume.

Lighthouse fundraiser Jane Macpherson said: “I met Hugh at a book-signing in Taunton – I work for Lighthouse, so I was cheeky and when I went up I asked him whether he would consider doing some work for charity.

“He told me about his acoustic tour and we just took it from there.”

Lighthouse runs nine different projects in Weston to provide help with recovery from addiction and employment support, but is looking to expand its services.

It has created a hub in North Street, above the foodbank centre, to help with counselling, debt advice and IT training.

The centre is almost complete, but needs some finishing touches, including a kitchen.

Jane said: “Hugh realises to help us expand we need to do big fundraisers. We are always looking to raise lots of money.

“The main project is getting this hub up and running.”

The gig will be held on November 19 at 8pm at St Paul’s Church in Walliscote Road.

Jane said: “Hugh is one of the classic all-time rock heroes, there’s nobody who has not heard of The Stranglers.

“He is rock royalty. This is an evening of music really at its best.”

Tickets, priced £22, are available from via www.thegigcartel.com

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