Help for Heroes fundraiser

PEOPLE who work for Scarborough’s emergency services are being invited to join the party on Friday evening to raise money for members of the country’s armed forces.

The Help for Heroes fundraising event is being held in the Barbican on St Nicholas Street.

The bar, formerly known as Barracuda, has undergone an £85,000 refit and opens its doors to the public on Wednesday but the official launch night takes place two days later.

Darren Johnson, manager of the newly refurbished bar, says he can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the reopening of the Town Centre venue.

He said: “When the idea was put to me I jumped at the chance to be involved. Our soldiers, aircrew and sailors deserve all the support of the whole country.

“The Help for Heroes charity does fantastic work supporting members of the armed forces and the families of those who have been injured in Afghanistan and other countries where they put their lives on the line for us.

“I also happen to think that the people who work for our emergency services do a fantastic job for us.

“The Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, Coastguard and Lifeboat crew are all on duty 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Over Christmas many of them were working while we were enjoying ourselves.

“Hopefully as many of them as possible will come and support the event and give us the opportunity to say thank you to them as well.”

Event organiser Steve Bramham is a member of Scarborough’s lifeboat crew. He said: “We’re really looking forward to a great night.

“We’ve got live entertainment with a band called Big Me who are giving their services for free and hopefully we’ll raise quite a bit of cash for a very deserving charity.”

A suggested donation of £2 can be paid at the door of the St Nicholas Street bar or tickets can be bought before the event by calling Jo on 07917 123152 or Steve on 07960 640457.