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Emmerdale and Britain's Got Talent stars line up for Teenage Cancer Trust Christmas concert in Newcastle

The annual fundraiser for the TCT will see the likes of Chelsea Halfpenny, Jai McDowall and Charlie Hardwick take to the stage

AMY BRAMMALL Actress Charlie Hardwick
Actress Charlie Hardwick

Stars of Emmerdale and Britain’s Got Talent will be among those lining up for a Christmas concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust in Newcastle next month.

It will the third Christmas in the Cathedral concert at the city’s St Nicholas Cathedral, held to raise funds for the TCT’s units at the RVI and Freeman Hospitals.

Taking place on December 17, the popular festive event will feature performances from Emmerdale favourites Chelsea Halfpenny, Charlie Hardwick and Chris Chittel as well as actor, David Leon; Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall; opera singer Sean Ruane; North East favourite Billy ‘Mitch’ Mitchell; and The Swing Bridge Singers.

Chelsea Halfpenny
Chelsea Halfpenny
 

Students from Newcastle College, who are helping to organise this year’s concert, will also get their chance to perform on the night.

Sponsored by Newcastle-based law firm Clarke Mairs, the concert will feature a range of carols and readings to celebrate Christmas, all in support of the only UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of 13-24 year-olds diagnosed with cancer.

It will be once again produced by Lindisfarne’s founding drummer Ray Laidlaw.

Singer Jai McDowall
Singer Jai McDowall
 

He said: “We’re delighted that so many well-known faces will be joining us for this year’s event. The concert has grown to become one of the key Christmas events on the North East calendar and there’s always a fantastic atmosphere on the night.”

Jonathan Wallis, the chairman of the Teenage Cancer Trust North East Board, said: “This event is set to be our biggest and best concert yet, and we really appreciate the support of Clarke Mairs who have been with us from the beginning.

“We’re looking to develop further long term relationships with local businesses, so if any North East companies are looking to partner with a charity then we encourage them to get in touch.”

* Christmas in the Cathedral starts at 7pm on December 17. Tickets are £13 and are available through Newcastle City Hall via www.newcastlecityhall.org or by calling 0191 277 8030. Any companies wishing to get involved by way of sponsorship or buying VIP tickets can email jonathanwallis@georgefwhite.co.uk

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