Music helps Lancaster flood victims

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Musicians and promoters from Lancaster and Morecambe have been busy raising money for pub staff, residents and businesses affected by last month’s floods.

Local band Carpe were bitterly disappointed when their plans to hold their regular Christmas celebration “Carpe Christmas” at the Yorkshire House were wrecked by storm Desmond flooding the pub.

But the band then turned the event into a charity fund-raiser at The Gregson Centre for staff of the Yorkshire House and The Bobbin.

On New Year’s Eve they presented the two landlords with a total of £901.10.

The band thanked performers, the audience, The Gregson Centre for their support, and The Borough Brewery and Tony Ashton for providing two barrels of beer.

Mark Simpson had organised an all-day event at The Bobbin on December 19 for his 51st birthday.

But when the pub was completely flooded, Mark worked hard to find a different venue and The John O’ Gaunt stepped up at the last minute. The event raised £750 for the Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund. Mark said he wanted to thank Astounded Sounds of Lancaster for lending PA equipment, the staff at the John O’ Gaunt and all the musicians for helping out and playing for free. The Bobbin landlord John Glaister also got a special mention at both events for working as sound engineer.