A POPULAR swing singer Jeff Dingle is staging a show tonight in honour of one of his most devoted fans.
Jeff, from Newcastle, who appeared in the 2004 series of the talent show American Idol, is donating the proceeds of tonight’s performance at Durham’s Gala Theatre to the city’s St Cuthbert’s Hospice. The hospice provided care for Rosemary Cleasby, who died in December last year at the age of 63 following a battle with stomach cancer.
Rosemary, from Langley Moor, Durham, was a huge fan of Jeff, who performs with the Moodswing Trio, and regularly attended their Friday night performances in the city.
Jeff, 30, said: “Rosemary was a lovely lady and we miss seeing her at our concerts. We all agreed to raise money for the hospice and thought a performance at the city’s theatre would be a fitting tribute.
“I’m sure Rosemary would be very pleased that we’re raising money by doing something she loved.”
Sylvia Luke, from Crook, County Durham, a friend of mother-of-three Rosemary and Jeff’s manager, said: “Rosemary had a wonderfully positive outlook on life and fought her illness bravely.
“She was a talented singer herself and used to regularly attend Jeff’s Friday night performances at Durham’s Ramside Hall Hotel. She would always bring along new people to hear him sing.
“Tonight’s concert will be a celebration of her life, but she would not have wanted it to be a sombre occasion. It will be an upbeat concert. Members of her family and some of her friends are coming along.”
Jeff has made a name for himself performing the songs of Michael Bublé and other Kings of Swing. Originally from Los Angeles, he now lives in Newcastle and, along with the Mood Swing Trio, has become popular as a wedding entertainer. He is performing an Evening of Swing and Sentiment at the Gala Theatre from 7.30pm.
Tickets are priced at £10 each. To book visit the Gala Theatre box office, call 0191 332 4041 or visit www.galadurham.co.uk