Boxer and X Factor singer support Alzheimer’s gig

Savannah Marshall. Picture by FRANK REID
Savannah Marshall. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL’S boxing supremo and an X-Factor star are lending their support to an all-day charity music gig.

The town’s reigning World and Commonwealth champion Savannah Marshall will join Bre Musiq, who made it to the boot camp stage of the ITV talent show, at a music concert in Hartlepool in aid of research into Alzheimer’s Disease.

The event is called Plug & Play and is being organised by former singer/songwriter and co-founder of Hartlepool band The Jar Family, Al Devon.

Around 25 acts are taking part in the gig, which will be held at The Showroom, in Victoria Road, and aims to raise awareness of how Alzheimer’s disease affects young people.

Al has now revealed that Savannah will be doing a meet and greet session on the day, while Bre, who hails from Stockton, has been added to the line-up.

Al, whose grandfather has Alzheimer’s, said: “It’s great that Savannah and Bre want to be involved.

“I wanted to have something more going on during the day so kids could get into it.”

He added that Bre, who got four yeses from judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Welsh, has people close to him who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

The event will feature local bands and artists from around the country and takes place on Saturday, November 29, from 11.30am-3am.

It is being led by Al’s artist management agency Peng PR, and Approach Training Safely.

There will be two stages, an acoustic upstairs stage starting from 11.30am and headlined by Pek & Wanley at 7pm, and a main stage downstairs from 4pm and headlined by The Purnells at 11.30pm, followed by DJs until 3am.

Acts are largely from the North-East, but Watts The SP, hail from Brighton and have supported Fat Boy Slim, while In Search of Sun are from London.

Children need to be 12 or over and accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are £6 and available from The Showroom, or