Hartlepool’s Gemini nightclub is back for one night only

THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Gemini nightclub owner Ron Trotter pictured with Pans People
THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Gemini nightclub owner Ron Trotter pictured with Pans People

FUNDRAISERS can turn back the years and dance the night away to the sound of the 70s and 80s.

Hartlepool’s Gemini nightclub will be making a welcome return for one night only this week.

Former regulars at the club are being urged to turn back the clock and dance to the classic soul, funk and disco tunes from the Friday and Saturday nights at the Gemini in its heyday in the 70s and 80s.

For the third consecutive year, the Gemini Revisited evening has been organised and this year the popular event will be supporting Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Nearly 200 people turned out last year and had a night to remember and organisers are hoping for a similar response this time out.

Almost £1,000 has been raised over the last two years for charities including Parents in Need of Support and the Kay Smith Fund.

And hospice bosses are delighted that the event organisers have decided to show their support for the Wells Avenue-based facility.

Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “This will be a brilliant night and a great opportunity to enjoy the music of a classic era, catch up with some old friends and most importantly raise money for a very important local cause.”

The fundraiser is taking place this Friday, at the Staincliffe Hotel, in Seaton Carew.

Organisers are urging people to come along and support the hospice and tickets will be available on the door.

As well as enjoying a good dance, everyone who attends will be able to reminisce as a revolving montage of images of Hartlepool, The Gemini and some of its former members will be on show on the night.

The nightclub, in Villiers Street, attracted some of the biggest names in showbusiness including Leo Sayer and the Real Thing during its peak years.

Janice added: “I’m sure everyone who goes along on Friday will have a fantastic night.

“The fact that the event has raised nearly £1,000 over the last two years shows how popular it has been.

“It’s a great chance for people to look back at fantastic years-gone-by and everyone at the hospice is delighted we are going to benefit.”

Money raised at Friday night’s event will help the hospice to maintain the specialist palliative care services it offers to people in Hartlepool and East Durham.

Doors open at 7.30pm with a £3 entry fee on the door.

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