Festival time on the seafront

Rosie Hornsey, from Hornsey's Bar and Grill (right), and Janice Forbes, from Hartlepool and District Hospice, with the banner advertising the charity concert
Rosie Hornsey, from Hornsey's Bar and Grill (right), and Janice Forbes, from Hartlepool and District Hospice, with the banner advertising the charity concert

SEAFRONT rock is coming to Hartlepool thanks to an 11-hour charity concert.

Get your dancing shoes on for the town’s first ever hospice-organised rock festival which arrives at Seaton Carew on Saturday, July 23.

Hospice bosses have just unveiled a giant banner promoting the event which starts at noon at Hornsey’s Bar and Grill.

They are hoping to have a line-up of 12 bands to keep the crowds entertained.

Hospice events and community facilitator Janice Forbes said: “It is the first one we have organised and we are hoping it will be a sellout. We want to put Hartlepool on the map.”

The day’s fun will include music from bands including Beat Rat, who specialise in reggae and Beatles music, Hartlepool singer Lee Maddison, percussion group Sound Intention and The Passion Killers.

Other attractions will include face painting, a bouncy castle and henna tattoos. T-shirts and badges will also be available to buy on the day.

The event could become an annual attraction if it goes well and the money raised will go directly to the hospice to support the services it provides to the communities of Hartlepool and east Durham.

The cost to keep providing hospice services is £2.6m with 20 per cent coming from NHS funding, meaning the outstanding £2.1m must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.

Entry to the rock festival event costs £10 per adult and £5 per child. People wanting tickets should contact (01429) 855536 or visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk