Sunderland crooner Andy sings in memory of Welsh miners

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A SINGER will take to the stage to raise cash for the families of those killed in the Welsh mining disaster.

Miners Phillip Hill, 45, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50, and Garry Jenkins, 39, all died when the shaft they were working in flooded at the Gleision Colliery, in Swansea Valley, Wales, on September 15.

Relatives of the men have been left to grieve and struggle financially.

Singer Andy Barker will perform his Buble, Sinatra and Friends show at Hetton Workingmen’s Club in a bid to show solidarity and support from one mining community to another.

Andy’s event hopes to raise funds and spirits to support them through this difficult time.

Eppleton and Easington collieries both experienced disasters 60 years ago.

Andy, who grew up in Hetton, said: “Unlike the Chilean miner’s crisis there was no happy ending in South Wales.

“The families of the four miners are now facing their first Christmas without their loved ones and also an uncertain financial future.

“I was raised in the mining community of Hetton-le-Hole and believe that while the pits are long gone, the spirit and solidarity of its industrial past are still strong today.

“Hopefully this is a chance for people to come together, have a good night and also raise some valuable funds for a much deserved cause.”

Andy is also planning to record The Animals’ classic track House of the Rising Sun to raise extra funds for the campaign.

Hetton Workingmen’s Club chairman Alan Archbold said: “This year our community commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Easington and Eppleton Colliery disasters which many people in this area can still remember.

“It is only right we show what we can do as a mining community to pull together and help the families of the Welsh miners.”

The show, which will also feature entertainers John Mac and Chris Kelly, takes place next Thursday.

Tickets are £2 each from Hetton Workingmen’s Club on 526 2135.

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