Curtain up on show to boost fund for April Jones
ENTERTAINERS from Swansea will be out in force at a special night to raise money in support of missing five-year-old April Jones.
The charity event has been organised by All Stars Entertainments and is taking place at the Cwmfelin Social Club in Manselton on Wednesday, October 17.
Director of the talent agency Richard Tiley said he had been contacted by a number of artists who were keen to hold a fundraiser for the April Jones Trust Fund, set up in honour of the youngster who went missing in her home town Machynlleth last Monday.
Her disappearance has sparked a huge search operation, with hundreds of people travelling from across the UK to the Powys town to assist emergency services.
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On Saturday, Swans manager Michael Laudrup joined the thousands of people wearing pink ribbons in a heartfelt show of solidarity for the missing youngster.
Richard said: "Some entertainers asked if we could help organise the event after they saw a fund had been set up. The Welsh acts are out in force, everyone has been keen to get on board.
"Whenever help is needed, the artists always put something on and this is obviously a worthy cause.
"It is devastating what has happened and we all want to do our bit.
"Not everyone can actually go up to Machynlleth and to help search.
"I think people feel a bit helpless, so this is something we can all do."
The night will feature seven headlining acts in total as well as bingo, a raffle and an auction.
Comedians Just Debs and Lenny Dee would be joined by singers Richard T James, Leights Phillips, Chantelle Pinki, Tanya Taylor, and trio De-Silver.
Richard said organisers had been inundated with requests from acts keen to do their bit — and hoped to fit in as many performers as possible on the night.
Yesterday, hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects as an emotional service took place for the missing five-year-old.
A procession of more than 700 people walked slowly through the town of Machynlleth, as normal life came to a standstill.
Hundreds gathered at the Bryn-y-Gog estate from where April disappeared last Monday evening. With crowds wearing pink ribbons symbolising the faith many still have that the girl remains alive, the procession moved in subdued silence through the town.
Roads along the route were closed off as the sombre gathering inched its way slowly to St Peter's Church for a service.
Former lifeguard Mark Bridger has been charged with April's abduction and murder. Bridger, 46, is also accused of perverting the course of justice and was appearing before Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court today.
Entry to the Cwmfelin Social Club event, which starts at 7pm, costs £3 on the door.
The club is already accepting donations for the fund.