Night of music aims to raise the roof at Seaham church

Paul Liddell will be performing.
Paul Liddell will be performing.
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A night of music aims to raise the roof of a church as part of efforts to collect £72,000 to cover repairs.

St Andrew’s Church in Dalton-le-Dale, Seaham, is in need of repairs to keep the water out and preserve it for future generations.

This is the first time that an event of this nature has been held in this 13th century church, and the parishioners are very happy to follow in the footsteps of similar events held in Sunderland Minster.

Angela Sandwith

Four acts will perform at the event tomorrow at the 13th century church, after the bill was put together by village resident Angela Sandwith.

She said: “The night promises to be a beautiful blend of atmospheric song from a strong line-up of musicians, all local apart from our headliner, The Dan Chapman Quartet, who come to us as part of their UK winter tour, hailing from the depths of Cornwall.

“I am so delighted that they are all kindly giving their services free on the evening, especially on a Saturday night, as all of the proceeds from the event will be going straight to the church funds towards urgent repairs.

“At the moment I work as Post Graduate Certificate in Education secondary programme leader at the University of Sunderland and as a visual artist.

“My nephew designed the poster and tickets, again, free of charge, further adding to the wonderful sense of togetherness and community spirit of the evening.

“This is the first time that an event of this nature has been held in this 13th century church, and the parishioners are very happy to follow in the footsteps of similar events held in Sunderland Minster, and support the growing demand for churches to be used in an innovative, yet beautifully-traditional way.

“They welcome the wealth of talent and a whole new community into this beautiful church with open arms and warm hospitality during the festive season.”

The line up also includes Paul Liddell, At Sea and Angela’s daughter Ani.

Tickets are available from Hot Rats records in Stockton Road, Sunderland, and online at www.musicglue.com/st-andrews-church-dalton-le-dale/.