Hartlepool campaigners join international push to end homelessness and poverty

Pupils at St Mary's CofE Middle School in Belford with members of the Pearl of Africa children's choir.
Pupils at St Mary's CofE Middle School in Belford with members of the Pearl of Africa children's choir.

Campaigners in Hartlepool are joining an international campaign to help people hit by homelessness and poverty.

‘We shall overcome - Hartlepool’ is one of more than 240 similar events being held, primarily across the UK, on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The Hartlepool event, at the Nursery Inn, is being held as part of a national campaign against austerity.

Brian Barnes outside the Fishermans Arms.

Brian Barnes outside the Fishermans Arms.

There are around 200 gigs will take place across the UK, with them being held in 121 towns in eight countries on three continents.

In Hartlepool local musicians, promoters, venue managers, landlords have come together to organise a weekend of live events be it music, comedy, poetry, film or spoken word to give much needed support to Local Food Banks and Harbour Women’s Refuge. 

It is a community effort led by musicians and music promoters who want to do something practical to help people in our area who are being hit hard by homelessness and poverty. The organisers hope this show of solidarity will also highlight the human cost to the politics of austerity.

Several thousand musicians will perform as audiences are encouraged to bring food for foodbanks or make donations to homelessness and other projects.

Brian Barnes is one of the organisers of the all day event at The Nursery Inn, Hartlepool. He said: “We Shall Overcome is part of an anti-austerity movement, but it is also very much pro-community.

“We wanted to do our bit here in Hartlepool to show solidarity and be part of something big that’s happening right across the country.”

Thirteen acts and bands are taking part in the gig, including Kate Williams, Charlie Thomas, Gary Miller, Old Red Eyes, Brian Batey, Joe Solo, Lee Maddison, Peg Powler, Driven Serious, The White Negroes, The Broken Broadcast, The Kets First Process Church Of Mars.

Admission to the event is free but audiences are being asked to bring a food donation or make a suggested monetary donation of £3.