How music is helping fight back against vandals

Mark Sickling in the dressing rooms at Greatham Sports Field Picture by FRANK REID
Mark Sickling in the dressing rooms at Greatham Sports Field Picture by FRANK REID

A MUSIC night is set to rock a village this weekend - and it’s all in aid of a generous charitable group which has recently fallen victim to mindless vandals.

A band called Small Wonder – which plays a variety of 60s, pop and mod-style songs – is to perform at Greatham Community Centre, in Front Street, Greatham Village, Hartlepool, on Saturday night, March 21.

The gig was organised by Greatham Sports Field Association members who are the driving force behind the upkeep and ongoing development of the village’s playing field.

Last month, the hard-working group bought some cabins to be used as changing rooms, the first step towards its ultimate aim of one day creating a community sporting hub at the site which could host games of football, cricket, and other activities.

But the members have suffered setbacks in recent weeks with yobs twice attacking the changing rooms.

The first time, just three weeks after the canins arrived, one window was smashed.

But the second time saw more serious damage done – with three windows being shattered, two doors being kicked in, and grafitti daubed across walls on the inside.

Police are investigating the second of the two incidents, which happened around 4.45pm on Sunday, March 15, by thugs on a quad bike.

The repairs are expected to run into the hundreds, so the event on Saturday night will be a sure boost to the association’s coffers.

Doors for the show open at 7.20pm and tickets cost £6.

Tickets are available from the Bull and Dog pub, in High Street, Greatham, or by contacting members by email – gsfa1997@gmail.com.

Alternatively find them on Facebook under Greatham Sports Field Association.

The Association, which has to find £2,000 per year just for the sports field upkeep and rent, has been running for 17 years and fundraising for changing facilities for the last several years.