Gig to support Ukraine will show support from Grimsby in war effort

Live music gigs taking place in Grimsby will help the war effort in Ukraine.

Supporters have set up two concerts at The Linden Club, with the first featuring a member of The British Country Music Hall of Fame star, Darren Busby. He has included the Ukraine fundraising concert in his busy summer schedule.

The Brigg-based star, who along with son-in-law Darren Binns, have won 160 music awards, said: “You just have to look at the images coming from Ukraine to put yourself in their position. Other countries would help us if it came to that.

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“It is heartbreaking to see the kids torn in the middle of it through no fault of their own. Anything we can do will help.” Darren will be performing along with Phil Taylor, Sonny Ives and Miki Peters. The County and Western duo sing songs a full range of songs from Johnny Cash to Jack Savoretti.

Tickets for the event starting at 1pm on Sunday, May 22, are priced £5 and will be the first of two live music events at The Linden Club in support of people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Fund-raising gig in aid of the Ukraine appeal at The Linden Club, with back row from left, Jeff Cutler and Phil Taylor with front row, Liz Wheatley, left and Lorraine Hallam

The second is called The Sunflower: A fund raising gig for the people of Ukraine. It is being organized by Jeff Cutler and Emma Louise Kosakowska who has traveled to Poland with her husband to give aid from Grimsby to Ukrainian people crossing the Polish border.

There will be a raffle, food and craft stalls, as well as live music. Tickets cost £12 for this event and it starts at 6.30pm on Friday July 29. Jeff said people are longing to support the people in Ukraine and attending the Country Music concert will raise money which will be used to buy goods in Poland to help people fleeing the war.

Jeff said: “Emma has been taking van loads of food and equipment over to Poland. Giving the money to her cuts out red tape and means it is going directly to people who need it most so they can buy the food and items they need. People can pay at the door or call me to book tickets on 07949408193.”

Grimsby woman Lorraine George was struck by the plight of Ukrainian people and decided to invite her yoga friends to take part in a fund raising event, with stalls at Grimsby Institute. Lorraine said: “It all started while I was watching the depressive scenes on the news from Ukraine and wondered how I could possibly help. I thought if I could hold a Yoga event perhaps I could raise £1000 to donate to the suffering people of Ukraine .

“The response was overwhelming and I couldn’t believe the generosity of so many businesses and people. People kept knocking on my door with raffle gifts, home made cakes and offers of help. The day was organized by myself with the great help of Lucy Goodman, the Lions and the Grimsby Institute who kindly donated the room.”

The event raised £3,000. Lorraine thanked Chris MacDougall, Tom Wood, Marie Bellamy, Rachael Marshall, Julie Smith, Wendy Garner and Mary Ramsden and others who helped.