Charity night in honour of the Bee Gees
Two sisters – Colette Wylde and Michelle McCauley – are holding a Manx tribute night to the Bee Gees to raise money for Manx Cancer Help. Here Colette explains to WWW readers their reasons for the event, and what people can expect from the show
WELL-loved disco hits from Saturday Night Fever will be performed at a Bee Gees tribute night.
The event takes place at the Villa Marina, in Douglas, on August 25.
It has been organised by sisters Colette Wylde and Michelle McCauley, who came up with the idea four years ago, and put their plan into action in January.
Colette explained: ‘We chose our charity Manx Cancer Help as, when our grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, Eve Berridge, who founded the charity in 1983 in memory of her mother, was so good to our granddad and our family throughout his illness, and later became a family friend.
‘Our family has lost many family members to cancer, both young and old, and my sister and I decided we would do this in memory of all those people.’
She said: ‘Of course since we started planning our tribute to the Bee Gees the Gibb family itself have lost Robin to the dreaded C word not to mention his twin and younger brother before him.
‘It seems really fitting now that this show becomes an all-island tribute to our national treasure, the Bee Gees!’
Both their grandfather on their mum’s side, Mr Alderman Ray Norman Birch, Douglas Mayor in 1983/4, and their grandfather on their dad’s side, Thomas ‘Tonty’ Wylde died of cancer.
Performers include Joey Wylde, Perry O’Dea, Lyndsay Smart, Sonia Callin and Kate Cowley. Comperes are Mike Bonner and Lisa Kreisky, who will perform their own songs too.
Liam Kaneen, Joe Hillard and Lewis Kelly will join together to do their version of the Saturday Night Fever favourites. And it is hoped Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drum band will accompany Joey Wylde and young performers from Stage One Drama School in their version of Ellan Vannin.
It will also feature two new acts who are making their names by singing in the island’s pubs, Neil King, who used to be part of a band called The Curious Turtles, and Kelly Bennett and Pete Bridge. Backing dancers are Nikki Boland, Laura Breadner, Natalie Dawson and Becky Dawson.
Colette said: ‘All in all it is going to be a wonderful evening and all in the name of charity. We are very lucky to have gained sponsorship from Pokerstars.’
Manx-born singer Robin Gibb died after a lengthy battle with cancer in May. In 2009 Douglas Council conferred the honorary Freedom of the Borough on Barry, Robin and the late Maurice Gibb – Robin’s twin, who died in 2003.
Hits include Jive Talkin’, Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive and How Deep Is Your Love.
The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (concessions available). Call 600555, buy online at www.villagaiety.com or go to the Welcome Centre, at the Sea Terminal.
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