West Lancashire
Posted: 9th April 2019

The Opera House Theatre, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool was the venue for a major fund raising event for the West Lancashire  2021 Festival Appeal. ‘A Night with the Stars’ raised more than £10,000 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation and £5,000 was also presented to Care after Combat.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Gary Coleman and his wife Mayoress Councillor Debbie Coleman were welcomed by the Provincial Grand Master, and 2021 Festival President, Tony Harrison and his wife Maureen Harrison.

The Chief Executive of the MCF David Innes, and his wife Annemarie were also welcomed to the show by Tony and Maureen.

Over 1,000 freemasons along with their partners and members of the public enjoyed the show that was hosted by Jim Davidson one of Britain’s top stand-up comedians.

Among the stars performing were Freddie Parrot Face Davies star of Opportunity Knocks, vocalists  Emilie Jasmine and Adam Lacey sang songs from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, Lynn Fox sang songs from the 60s.

Jezz (Gerry Conroy) and The Chorley Croft and Culcheth Pipe Band closed the first half of the show.

Over 90 members of the George Formby Society performed some of George’s famous songs. In the next session Meet the Folkers entertained the audience with traditional Irish folk music. Mick Miller comedy star of stage and screen closed the show and received loud acclamation at the end of his comedy session.

At the end of the show Jim Davidson thanked the audience for supporting his charity – Care after Combat with a wonderful cheque for £5,000.

The 2021 Festival Vice President David Winder expressed his thanks to all the brethren and members of the public who attended the show and to all those who helped to organise it, as it also raised approximately £10,000 for the MCF 2021 Festival.