Hartlepool gig supports anti-austerity campaign

Charlie Thomas was one of more than a dozen acts performing at Hartlepool's Nursery Inn.
Charlie Thomas was one of more than a dozen acts performing at Hartlepool's Nursery Inn.

Campaigners and music fans rallied together as part of an international campaign to help people hit by homelessness and poverty.

Hartlepool’s We Shall Overcome event was one of more than 240 held across the UK and elsewhere in Europe over the weekend to protest against austerity measures.

The event at the Nursery Inn in Hartlepool was one of about 200 gigs taking place across the UK.

It was held in aid of Hartlepool Foodbank and the town’s Harbour Women’s Refuge.

Audiences were encouraged to give items to foodbanks or make donations to homelessness projects.

The campaign saw events being held in 121 towns in eight countries on three continents.

In Hartlepool, musicians, promoters, venue managers and landlords got together to organise a weekend of live events featuring music, comedy, poetry, film or spoken words.

Brian Barnes was one of the organisers of the all-day event at the Nursery Inn.

He said: “We Shall Overcome is part of an anti-austerity movement, but it is also very much pro-community. We wanted it to be apolitical, celebrating music and arts and supporting people hit by the cuts.

“The foodbank is in need to help people suffering from the measures of austerity, and we didn’t just want to concentrate on one charity as the women in the refuge will also be affected by austerity, so we wanted to help them as well.

“We are hoping to raise £500 and collect tables full of food donations.”

More than a dozen acts and bands were set to perform at the gig, including Charlie Thomas, the Broken Broadcast, the Kets, First Process Church of Mars.

Admission was free but audiences were asked to bring a food donation or make a suggested contribution of £3.