Rocking for the RNLI

Fundraisers Johnny Larkin (left) and Stan Laundon.
Fundraisers Johnny Larkin (left) and Stan Laundon.

A MUSICAL duo who are rocking and rolling back the years for a good cause say their charity DVD is now complete.

And Stan Laundon and Johnny Larkin have also released details of a charity concert to further boost the coffers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Stan, 68, and Johnny, a sprightly 85, appeared in the Hartlepool Mail last month describing how they had been filming a DVD for a country single.

The DVD, featuring a song written by US country star Hank Williams, was shot in various locations around town.

Some of the RNLI volunteers were also roped in to appear on the disc.

Stan and Johnny, a former booking agent and well-known town singing star from Caledonian Road, finished the final scenes this week and the DVD, produced by Derrick Rowbotham, of Park Road-based Masspro Productions, is expected to go on sale in mid-December.

Stan, who was a presenter with BBC Radio Cleveland for 23 years until 1994 and was well-known for his Country Time show, said: “We finished shooting on Wednesday in the Cosmopolitan pub in Old Hartlepool.

“The song is There’s a Tear In My Beer and it shows me and Johnny having a drink.

“We also filmed near St Hilda’s Church, Cafe Rapport at the marina, the Smallcrafts pub and on the lifeboat itself.”

Headland resident Stan, who played rhythm guitar with Hartlepool band The Trakkers in the 1960s, resurrected the song in 1989 when it featured as part of a four-track single he recorded with Cumbrian band Lemon Grass, which went on to raise more than £2,000 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Johnny guested on the song and the pair revived their 1989 partnership to raise money for the lifeboat charity.

The charity concert will take place at 7.30pm at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club, in King Oswy Drive on January 25, 2012.

Musicians Ken and Billie Ford, Phil Gibson and Eric White are performing for free and Stan and Johnny, a dad-of-three and grandfather-of-11, are also expected to perform There’s A Tear In My Beer.

Club bosses are providing the venue free of charge and will donate money to the cause at the end of the night.

Tickets are £2 and available from the club or from Eric White on (01642) 550896.