Poynton benefit concert welcomes over 100

Poynton Community Centre concert brings on visitors from far and wide

Over 100 people turned out to see Joe Beard and the Radnor Band as well as Desert Wind at the Poynton Community Centre benefit concert which was held at Poynton Legion Club last Saturday.

Life-long Poynton resident Chris Joe Beard is perhaps best known for his 1960’s band The Purple Gang, whose first single ‘Granny Takes a Trip’ was produced by the legendary Joe Boyd and went on to be banned by the BBC!

It subsequently became a hippie/cult favourite and still features in Radnor's repertoire along with ‘Aunty Monica’ and ‘Kiss Me Goodnight Sally Green’.

Demonstrating the dazzling acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies of the Americana trio Desert Wind, led by Poynton’s Andrew Liddie, the audience were wowed with their take on songs by Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Emmylou Harris, John Prine and many others.

The band (featuring Jim Hand on Bass and vocals, Pete Bethell on the Taylor 12 string guitar and vocals plus Andy Liddie on guitar, mandolin, harmonica and vocals) attracted visitors into Poynton from as far afield as Oxford and the USA.

The support for this event once again showed the deep affection that many people have for the Community Centre which is housed in Poynton’s oldest building dating back in parts to 1838.

The event raised nearly £800 for the Centre and provided a great nights entertainment.

 If you’d like to join the Management Trustee team, a community minded group hoping to help preserve the landmark building, please email info@poyntoincommunitycentre.org.uk for more information.


(Images supplied by Geoff King)

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