Families plan charity pop concert
FAMILIES are drawing up plans to stage a charity pop concert.
Residents in Trentham want to put on the event next year in a bid to match the success of similar events in the city.
Volunteers are now in talks about the plans to showcase local talent at the event which would take place next summer.
Families believe the concert – which is the first of its kind in the area – will raise the profile of the community.
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Gareth Ekin, who is a member of the Ash Green and Pacific Road Residents' Association, in Trentham, said: "We now have a situation where we've got the Etruria Canal Festival and the Penkhull Jazz and Blues Festival and there's always something going on in Hanley Park.
"So if we can emulate that in some way then that would be great."
Mr Ekin, of Caspian Grove, Trentham, added: "We have got some cracking facilities and some talented youngsters and we should make the most of that and encourage it so young people can get the experience of performing to a large crowd.
"The other benefit of having a large congregation of people together is the opportunity to raise money for charity."
Chairman John Owen, of Constance Avenue, Trentham, said that the concert would 'put the area on the map' and bring all of the community together.
He added: "The motto of our association is 'bringing local talent to life' and that is exactly the opportunity we are being given here. If we pull this off and get the right people involved we could have a real humdinger of a show.
"There are lots of talented singers and groups in this area and we just want to give them a platform to do what they love doing.
"We want to get the whole community involved in something we can all enjoy.
"We staged an event for the Queen's Jubilee and it was a real success, so I have no doubt we can do it again. We just need people who are willing to help out."
So far discussions have taken place with Trentham High School and Trentham Rugby Club to see where the event could take place but plans are still in their early stages.
Former Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Councillor Terry Follows, who represents Trentham and Hanford, welcomed the plans.
Mr Follows, of Starwood Road, Lightwood, said: "This is a great idea because not only will it be good for the community, but we could also think about raising money for local schools to buy new musical instruments or other equipment."
The Association is now planning to form a working group to work on the project. Anyone wishing to volunteer should call Mr Owen on 01782 641020.