Stepping back in time for quake victims

POSH and Ginger Spice are just some of the 1990s characters getting behind a fundraising idea to raise money for the Japanese earthquake victims.

Julie and Jeff Smith and Leoni McCarrick-Miller are organising a 90s night to raise money for an appeal to help victims of the devastating quake and tsunami.

The event will be held at the Victoria Arms pub, in Northgate, on Hartlepool’s Headland, from 7pm this Saturday.

More than 10,000 people have been killed since the horrific earthquake, which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale, and tsunami on March 11.

Julie, who lives with Jeff, a plant operator for Herring Plant Hire, and their two children Cole, four and Ruby, three, on the Headland, said: “I think everybody’s been touched by what’s happened.

“I saw the appeal on the TV and it makes you want to cry.

“It gets to the point where you have to turn the TV off because you can’t bear it at all.

“Living in the UK, we can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to live through a natural disaster.”

Julie, who works as an accounts assistant with Edward Egglestone and Co, explained how the idea for a 90s night came about.

She said: “We go out quite regularly on the Headland and people don’t tend to put much on events-wise.

“We thought we would make it some kind of themed night.”

Julie, who is originally from Derbyshire, said she is going to the event dressed as Posh Spice and Leoni, 25, who works for npower in Sunderland and lives on the Headland, is going in a Union Jack dress as Ginger Spice.

Fancy dress is optional. The event will feature a raffle and a disco. Tickets for the night cost £3 and are available from the pub.