Crooners rake in £1,000 for lifeboats

Stan Laundon(left) and Johnny Larkin(right) pictured with Derek Rowbotham(second left) who produced the dvd and Hartlepool RNLI mechanic Garry Waugh.

Stan Laundon(left) and Johnny Larkin(right) pictured with Derek Rowbotham(second left) who produced the dvd and Hartlepool RNLI mechanic Garry Waugh.

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A CHARITY night organised by two town crooners has raked in £1,000 for a life-saving service.

Stan Laundon, 68, and 85-year-old Johnny Larkin, organised a charity concert in aid of Hartlepool’s RNLI.

The pair, who have also recorded a musical DVD featuring their version of US country star Hank Williams’ There’s a Tear In My Beer in aid of the lifeboat charity, said around 200 people attended the event.

It was held on Wednesday night at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club, in King Oswy Drive.

Stan, a former BBC Radio Cleveland presenter who lives on Hartlepool’s Headland, said: “We raised £1,000 at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club for Hartlepool RNLI.

“I’d like to thank the club and committee for their help, but especially Phil Gibson, Ken and Billie Ford and Eric White who provided their musical services free of charge.

“A big thank you must go to all the people who supported us on the night and donated prizes for the raffle.”

Stan and Johnny, a dad-of-three and grandfather-of-11 from Caledonian Road, previously appeared in the Hartlepool Mail describing how they had filmed scenes for their DVD, which is also acting as a tourism video for Hartlepool, at various locations around town, including beside the Andy Capp statue, St Hilda’s Church, Cafe Rapport and The Cosmopolitan pub.

The DVD is £3.99 in a CD case or £4.99 in a DVD case with a coloured sleeve and produced by Derrick Rowbotham, of Park Road-based Masspro Productions.

It is on sale at various outlets, including The Cosmopolitan, in Durham Street, from town restaurateur Krimo Bouabda, from the Fisherman’s Arms, in Middlegate, and from Coffee Rapport, at Navigation Point, and Bobby’s Lifestyle express, in Northgate.