Charity’s St Patrick’s Day fun

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FUNDRAISERS danced the night away and kicked off the weekend in style at a St Patrick’s Day-themed celebration last night.

Staff at Hartlepool Families First wanted to organise an event to mark St Patrick’s Day, but with it falling on a Monday this year diaried the party for a Friday night.

Residents piled into the charity’s base, Cafe One77, in York Road, and enjoyed live music, a disco, raffles and themed refreshments.

“It’s the first time the charity has held an event to celebrate St Patrick’s Day,” said Marcus Myrie, the charity’s senior fundraising and corporate events officer.

“But we sold a lot of tickets and made sure everyone had a fantastic night.”

Providing the entertainment last night was Hartlepool-born musician Andy Oliver, who recently released an album with rock legend Jeremy Spencer, the original Fleetwood Mac guitarist.

It was Andy’s last gig in the town before he jets out to tour in America.

All of the money raised at last night’s event will support the town charity, although Marcus said the organisers hadn’t set a target of how much they wanted to raise.

Other activities and events are planned over the next couple of days to mark St Patrick’s Day.

More coverage will appear in Monday’s Mail.