Bob Dylan inspires charity concert for Sunderland lifesavers

Students Connor Ramshaw, Rebecca Toy, Dale Whitfield and Lucy Gofton rehearsing for the concert

Students Connor Ramshaw, Rebecca Toy, Dale Whitfield and Lucy Gofton rehearsing for the concert

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A BOB Dylan song is the inspiration for a music concert by Sunderland College students.

First year Foundation Degree music students will be performing a range of acoustic pieces at their charity event, All Along the Watch House, inspired by the Dylan track All Along the Watchtower, to raise money for the city’s Volunteer Life Brigade.

They will be playing banjos, mandolins and ukuleles and performing a mix of modern and retro songs with unique arrangements such as Ed Sheeran’s Sing, The Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen in Love? and Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough.

The concert takes place at Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade headquarters, The Watch House, on Monday, November 17, starting at 7.30pm.

This is the second time that Sunderland College students have teamed up with the charity to raise cash through a concert.

The performance last year raised more than £500 and it is hoped that even more money will be collected this year to support the charity’s vital work.Tony Wilson, event organiser and Sunderland College music lecturer, said: “Sunderland 
Volunteer Life Brigade is an amazing organisation which has saved thousands of lives over the years.

“We believe it is very important for our students to be involved in the local community and to extend their support to charities and organisations in the region.

“It is a privilege to perform in the Watch House and the concert promises to be a fun and enjoyable evening full of unique performances by our very talented students.

“We are looking forward to welcoming lots of members of the public and to surpassing our fundraising target.”

Rose Robert, secretary of the brigade, said: “The SVLB is a totally voluntary funded organisation and relies on the general public for donations. We really appreciate the support of the college music students and are pleased to welcome them back to the Watch House for a second year.”

SVLB is a registered charity which provides coastal search, cliff and coast watch services.

The Watch House, which houses a small museum, is open every Sunday from noon to 4pm so the public can visit and see how donations are used.

Tickets cost £2.50 and are available from Tony Wilson on 511 6000 ext 03535.