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Phil Cool and Paul Larkin at Alnwick Playhouse with Jam Jar Army jars.
Phil Cool and Paul Larkin at Alnwick Playhouse with Jam Jar Army jars.
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A RUBBER-FACED comic has taken a break from gurning to throw his support behind our new Jam Jar Army appeal.

The contortionist Phil Cool performed his show Gems and Jewels at the Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday.

And despite kicking off a nationwide tour he still found the time to get behind our bid to raise £10,000 for the Playhouse’s youth theatre, which provides an opportunity to sing, dance and act for around 135 children.

And the 80s TV star told Gazette editor Paul Larkin that the idea of collecting coins you wouldn’t miss in jar to support the youngsters was a great idea.

But we need everyone to get behind the campaign.

In 2011, we raised more than £12,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland thanks to the generosity of our readers.

Now we need everyone to dig deep again to support the area’s budding actors, singers and dancers.

We want businesses, organisations, families and individuals to all have their own collections.

Full jars can be dropped off at the Alnwick Playhouse, the Northumberland Gazette office in Bondgate Without or the Lions bookshop in Bondgate Within, Alnwick.

We also have new stickers with the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre logo to decorate jam jars available to collect from the Gazette office.

Anyone with a novel idea for raising funds should get in touch with Ben O’Connell on 01665 602234 or

Follow the campaign as it marches across north Northumberland in the Gazette.

For more information follow

@jamjararmy on Twitter and visit the website at

l See P17 for a review of Phil’s performance at the Playhouse.