Musical memorabilia donated by rock ‘n’ roll royalty for North Walsham Live Aid

A host of home grown bands are preparing to share the musical limelight with some of the biggest names in rock and roll, as an annual charity gig tunes up for its tenth appearance on a north Norfolk stage.

Inspired by the global concert in 1985 North Walsham Live Aid will feature performances from five of the county's top bands and appearances from some musical legends - in the form of items that will be auctioned off to keen rock fans.

Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and singer and drummer Phil Collins are among the superstar musicians who have signed memorabilia to go under the hammer.

And this year the auction will also feature a clutch of items not affiliated to the music world, which organiser Barry Holden is particularly excited about.

The 67-year-old bassist said: 'I have got a corker from (motorsport legend) Sir Stirling Moss, which is fantastic.


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'He doesn't do a lot of signing but I wrote to his office and they said they would pass on the letter. Next thing I've had an email to say he'd had a read through and looked at the (concert's) website and liked what he saw, and was sending us a signed photo from his own personal collection.'

A signed picture from model Linda Lusardi and signed DVD from Scottish funnyman Billy Connolly will also be sold among the drum heads, guitars and framed pictures bearing signatures of rock and roll royalty.

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Plenty of live music will also feature on the night with local favourites Raw Edge opening the show.

They will be followed with sets from up and coming youngsters Blind Tiger, the 'brilliant' Burning Crows, the lycra-clad hair metal tribute band Pout At The Devil, who Mr Holden described as 'amazing', and popular three-piece the Floating Greyhounds, who will close the show.

This year's gig, which goes live on Saturday, April 14, will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support but specifically towards its paediatric work in Norfolk.

Mr Holden, a retired jeweller, said all the North Walsham concerts had been in aid of local children's charities and to date the performances had raised more than �30,000. He is hoping to raise a minimum of �3,000 with 2012's lineup and is now looking forward to the evening of musical entertainment.

'I love it,' he added. 'It's nerve wracking but once you get started and the bands are on and the crowd starts coming in it really is a great night.

'It's a lot of hard work but that goes with the territory. If you put the work in for charities you get just as much back again.'

? Tickets for North Walsham Live Aid cost �8 and are available from the Music Hut, Jolly Roger tattoo studio, Postles and the Showcase Gallery, all in North Walsham. They can also be ordered online via www.northwalshamliveaid.co.uk, where you can also find more information about the gig.

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