A FRIENDSHIP between a touring rock ‘n’ roll show and a Boston couple, going back more than 10 years, will hopefully lead to an unexpected donation towards the funds of the Butterfly Hospice Trust.
That’ll Be The Day – who appeared at Bostons’ Gliderdrome a number of times in 2001 and 2002 – have just completed 25 years of continuous touring throughout the country - and it was the Gliderdrome connection which led to them meeting up with Dave Peatling, who was the venue’s DJ in its heyday in the early sixties.
He and his wife Muriel went to several shows after these Boston visits and gradually came to know the band members more and more, eventually leading to Dave being asked four years ago to become the administrator of the band’s message board on their website.
Muriel said: “There will be seven or eight Hospice volunteers there on the night with collection buckets - and it’s such a great show that people come out with a good feeling which is why they are often so generous with donations.”
In the past, That’ll Be The Day have raised money for the charity Childline at their shows, totalling in excess of £100,000. And now – continuing to celebrate their anniversary year – they raise money for Help The Heroes, with a running total announced at their show at the Skegness Embassy a couple of weeks ago of just over £65,000.
Muriel has been a volunteer at the Butterly Hospice shop in Emery Lane for almost two years now and while recently talking to Trevor Payne, the producer of the show, asked if he would consider letting Trust volunteers do a collection for their funds at one of the band’s Skegness shows.
After being given details of the Trust and what it is trying to do, Trevor quickly agreed to the suggestion (as a one-off) and this Sunday a collection will take place at the end of the band’s second visit this month to Skegness with the agreement of the Embassy management, the proceeds being donated to the Trust.
Tickets for the show are still available from the Embassy box office.