STUDENTS and teachers are looking forward to a musical event in honour of a Hartlepool sporting hero.
The Rock for Ritchie event at Manor College of Technology, Hartlepool, is being held as part of the Hartlepool United star’s testimonial year.
The popular Pools midfielder is intending to make a significant donation to Cancer Relief, which is one of the school’s chosen charities, after the event.
Alan White, headteacher at the Owton Manor Lane school, said the event will see Ritchie, who is also an accomplished musician, perform alongside his best pal and ex-Pools player Jon Bass on guitar.
The show will also feature a band called Cut the Mustard, which is fronted by Manor’s head of English, Graeme Aston, and Sunken Sky, fronted by Manor’s new music teacher Andy Carroll, who recently topped the bill at the prestigious Gower Folk Festival.
Manor pupils past and present will make an appearance, including James Pattison, who has been awarded a place at the Young Americans Performing Arts School in Los Angeles, as well as Kayleigh Johnson, Ellie Liston, Casey Smith, Melissa Sert, Rhys Stevens, Kieran Morris, Hannah Marram, Amber Reeve and Courtney Hogbin.
Mr White told the Mail: “Manor is proud to arrange this musical evening in honour of Ritchie. He is a smashing guy and has had a 10-year association with the college.
“He was teaching at Manor last year and was delivering football master classes to our most able footballers, he is a very popular guest speaker at presentation evenings and an exceptional role model for our children.
“I know he loves music although his tastes are bizarre – the Libertines, Oasis, and The Arctic Monkeys. I just wish that he liked Fleetwood Mac from my era.
“I’m sure that Ritchie and Jon will be performing some of their songs as well.”
He added: “It’s going to be a ball and Ritchie and Jon will be performing with our staff and children.
“It will be special. It is going to sell out and is going to be a memorable night for Ritchie and his family.”
The show will take place on Tuesday, June 21, from 7pm until 10.30pm, with tickets costing £6 and £3. For further details telephone (01429) 288338.