Stan and Johnny rock on for RNLI

Stan Laundon (centre right) and Johnny Larkin with members of Hartlepool RNLI.
Stan Laundon (centre right) and Johnny Larkin with members of Hartlepool RNLI.

A MUSICAL duo who are giving the younger generation a run for their money say ticket sales for a charity night are going well.

Stan Laundon, 68, and Johnny Larkin, 85, have filmed a DVD for a country single and are also hosting a fundraising night.

Both ventures are in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The Hartlepool pair have previously appeared in the Mail describing how they had filmed scenes for their DVD, which features a song written by US country star Hank Williams called There’s a Tear In My Beer.

The DVD, priced £3.99, and produced by Derrick Rowbotham, of Park Road-based Masspro Productions, will be on sale at various outlets, including The Cosmopolitan, in Durham Street, from town restaurateur Krimo Bouabda, from the Fisherman’s Arms, in Middlegate and from Coffee Rapport, at Navigation Point, from mid-January.

Stan said around 100 tickets have already been sold for the charity night, which will take place at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club, in King Oswy Drive, from 7.30pm on January 25.

It will feature musicians Ken and Billie Ford, Phil Gibson and Eric White who are performing for free and Stan and Johnny, a dad-of-three and grandfather-of-11 from Caledonian Road, are also expected to perform There’s A Tear In My Beer, with their DVD being shown on the club’s big screen.

Stan, who lives on the Headland and was a presenter with BBC Radio Cleveland for 23 years until 1994, added that other acts, including the Steel River Blues Band and The Moat Brothers had shown an interest in performing on the night.

But he added that they could not fit on the bill and it may be a case of organising another show in the spring.

Stan said: “I am very chuffed - the response has been great.

“Once Christmas and new year is over, the club is really going to push sales of the tickets.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the DVD and seeing the sights in Hartlepool where we filmed, including the marina, near the Andy Capp statue and St Hilda’s Church.”

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