200 people turned out to see a stunning musical programme on the Anniversary Eve. Heaton Voices on fine form singing a set including ‘Byker Hill’, ‘The Colliers’ Rant’, and ‘Let There be Diamonds’; Johnny Handle charmed the audience with tales from his own colliery experience, poems and songs climaxing with an emotive delivery of his new song ‘Under the Fields of Heaton’; and Richard Scott led ‘Appletwig Songbook’ on their first gig with the new line up and sounding so tight that they might be on the last night of a major tour. Richard’s self penned songs, including ‘Monday Morning’, ‘They All Went Down Together’, and ‘When Coal Was King’ featured amongst material from Tommy Armstrong, Alex Glasgow and Ed Pickford.
Come to the Spinney, Newton Place NE7 today, 2nd May, between 2pm and 4.30pm for an open afternoon with Cragside Choir, North East Socialist Singers, Coast Road, Les Turnbull, snow drop planting, displays, fire engine etc.
Sat 2nd May 7.30pm Anniversary Eve Concert. Richard Scott presents Johnny Handle, Heaton Voices and Appletwig Songbook in St Teresa’s Church Hall, Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6. Bar Tickets £6 and £3 conc.
Sunday 3rd May, Sunday 8.45am Radio Newcastle report about the Anniversary .
Sunday 3rd Anniversary Ecumenical Church Service 6pm in St Teresa’s Church, Heaton. Backworth Colliery Band, Johnny Handle and Heaton Voices hosted by Heaton Churches Together.