Organisers of a Beatles festival in Scarborough are giving away tickets to ex-service personnel, their families, volunteers and carers.
The 450 seats of the balcony of the Spa Grand Hall, where the event will be based, will be given away for fours shows – amounting to £27,000 of tickets.
“We hadn’t intended to use the balcony and it occurred to me, as a full-time carer, that we could bring some joy into the lives of people who may not otherwise be able to attend,” said festival organiser Steve Foley.
“The tickets will go to ex-military heroes and families some of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice, carers and voluntary workers,” he said.
Tickets will be distributed via the British Legion, Help for Heroes and local carers associations.
The festival runs from Saturdya September 15 to Sunday September 16 and features some of the best tribute acts around. The programme is divided into four sessions – afternoon and evening Saturday and Sunday Saturdays acts are Paul McCartney tribute – Macca Band, the all-girl Beatelles, Merzees, Image of Lennon, BJ Lewis, Johnny & The Moondogs). Video DJ Ray will be sharing rare Beatles film footage between acts.
The Sunday programme acts include Mersey Beatles (10 years resident at the Cavern Club), the Cavernites, Neil Tudor (Macca), the Beatle 5, Hey Beatles and BJ Lewis
There will also be stalls and memorabilia including on Sunday a world exclusive of hand-painted Beatles ceramic tiles
“We hope to make this an annual event together with several other festivals planned for Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion in 2013,” said Mr Foley. “We plan to include our Unsung Heroes programme in each event and would encourage local businesses to use any spare capacity to do similar ‘feel good’ gestures,” he said.