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Musicians’ lift-off for Burley-in-Wharfedale Poppy cash
10:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Local news
Burley-in-Wharfedale Poppy Appeal was given a kick-start with a successful gig at the village social club last Friday.
It featured the Dunwell brothers, Dave and Joe, who are part of The Dunwells band, which is signed to American record label Playing In Traffic.
The band have had numerous tours of the States and last summer played at America's biggest festival Lollapalooza, alongside Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg and The Cure. The Burley gig was opened by Wayne Yeadon, an officer with the Air Training Corps, who played a set and then acted as MC for the evening.
He was followed on stage by former soldier Mark Hudson, a talented musician who not only sang but also played guitar, harmonica and cajon.
Matt Dunwell, younger brother of the headlining duo and lead singer with his band City of Lights, performed an acoustic set. Matt later showed his versatility by joining his brothers for the second half of their set, playing guitar, bass guitar, cajon and drums, as well as providing backing vocals.
The event raised £350 to start off the village Poppy Appeal.
Appeal organiser Rachel O'Connor said: "This was a great way to start off our appeal and I am thankful to Burley Social Club and to all the performers who took part. We aim to raise more money than ever with this year’s appeal and as Burley was one of the few places in the country last year to up their total raised it is a big ask in the current financial climate to do it once again.”
The annual coffee morning will be held at the Parish Centre, Station Road, on Saturday, November 9 from 9.30am.
The annual Remembrance service will be held in Burley Parish Church on Sunday, November 10, starting at 10.45am, to be followed by a wreath-laying service at the war memorial in Grange Park at noon. Crosses to be placed at the war memorial can be bought from Country Corner opposite the park.