Village pub gets ready to rock for good cause

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A Morpeth rock band are playing a Halloween-themed show in aid of a cancer charity.

The concert is being arranged to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK.

It will be held at the Farriers Arms in Shilbottle on Saturday, October 31.

The Steve Ballantyne Band will be performing for free at the event.

Steve said: “I could never just walk away from charity work.

“The last time we did a fund-raiser like this, we raised more than £2,000, and I’d like to smash that if I can.”

He has released four albums – Emerald King, Hell for Leather, The Dance and the Ritual and Symphonies of the Natural World.

Steve works for Northumberland County Council when he’s not playing with his band as a specialist educator, so the cause is one close to his heart.

“We’re all close to someone who is affected by cancer, and it really bothers me that children die with cancer,” he said.

Entry to the Farne Road pub will be free, but donations will be welcomed.

Other entertainment on offer will include a fancy-dress competition.

There will be a free bottle of wine for the best dressed male and female entrant.

The band will be performing at 9pm.

For further information, call the pub on 01665 575253 or go to, or