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Events in Glossop to support vulnerable locals
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 @ 09:24 by Adam Higgins
Events Glossop Chronicle News

A series of events are taking place in Glossop this week to raise funds for local people in need. 

It’s part of an annual international drive under the “We Shall Overcome” banner, which was established by a small group of musicians from the North, including Matt Hill from Glossop.

They decided they wanted to make a difference to vulnerable people affected by “austerity” and help groups to raise money to support them.

The original plan was to organise around 20 benefit gigs but, after the idea took off, they found themselves co-ordinating around 200 in the first year.

Now in its third year, they have amassed 650 events, in 142 different towns and cities across nine countries on three continents, raising more than £250,000 in food, cash, clothing, bedding and furniture.

The main focus of We Shall Overcome events is a weekend every October and, as in previous years, Glossop Labour Club will be hosting events as part of the movement, from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October.

On the Saturday, musician Kevin Farrell will be returning to Glossop with his eclectic and theatrical take on a mix of acoustic genres from 8pm.

He will be joined by Josie Caton, a new young singer-songwriter who has just hit the circuit, and the evening will end with the Blue Penny Mountain band, providing an acoustic blend of indie roots and country folk. Tickets are £4.

On the Sunday, people are invited to get together for Poetry and Pints to share poems or monologues; their own or by others.

All funds raised will go to the Bare Necessities Food Bank in Glossop, with people also asked to donate dry and tinned food.