16 April 2024

Pub Lads gig is welcome boost to charity

Popular local band the Pub Lads played their first gig of the year to a packed crowd at Holmpton Village Hall on Friday, March 8.

The six-piece band play cover songs from the 1960s up to the present day and donate their fee to the Daniel Wilkinson Foundation.

The charity was set up in memory of Daniel, who died on September 12, 2016, aged 24. Daniel died while playing football from an underlying heart condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

A bonus to the evening was a solo spot from band member Andrew Wells who treated the audience to several comedy ditties which all referenced the quirkiness of life in the Holderness area.

The event was organised by members of the Holmpton Community Association which was recently successful in obtaining funding from the Do It for East Yorkshire community grant.

The grant enabled the HCA to pay the Pub Lads £250, which lead singer Johnny told the audience would be going to the Daniel Wilkinson Foundation.

The grant money from DIFEY is being used to boost events at the village hall and to address social isolation and improving mental health. Future events include a karaoke night on April 12 and a “fastest finger first” quiz night on May 18.

HCA secretary Lorraine Behrens said: “The atmosphere was tremendous, and the audience seemed to love it. We raised £300 for village funds and there were lots of positive comments. One person compared Andrew’s songs favourably to those of Max Boyce – it was that same richly observed local humour that really touches a nerve.

“For the karaoke night we have a new set of kit with 1,000 songs to choose from. And the ‘fastest finger first’ format should give the quiz night a new and different spin.”