"We won't give up": Organisers of Preston's musical thank you to Coronavirus heroes announce new dates

A new date has been announced for a musical  "thank you" for NHS and front line workers, thwarted by lockdown restrictions.

Thursday, 5th November 2020, 3:45 pm

In April the Post announced how Sarah Williams of Fairydust Events and husband and wife team David and Tracey Billington of the Riva Showbar had joined forces to organise Preston Rocks 2020 at the Tithebarn Street venue on November 14.

They lined up a DJ and a host of live performers including Jessica Schofield, ZZ Top UK, Raspbery Glam, Karl Ribble, Josh Hindle - Michael Buble Tribute, Gino Eccles, Micks Disco Fever, Ric ‘Bezz’ Berry and DJ Glen Miller.

Tickets were available free of charge for NHS and ambulance staff, fire service, police staff, private care workers and prison staff.

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Tracey and David Billington at Riva Bar, Preston

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More than 400 people applied for the tickets, which meant two nights of music would be laid on, due to social distancing rules.

Now a new lockdown has forced the postponement of the first night, which is now scheduled for December 11, with the second night remaining on December 12.

A third night, for people not able to attend parts one or two, will take place in the New Year. at a date and time to be confirmed.

Sarah Williams with her keyworker husband, Ian

Sarah said: "This is really important to do. Everyone has had a complete nightmare this year, and mental illness is something you don't see.

"Anyone who has worked through this crisis needs something to look forward to.

"These guys deserve some fun and we're determined to give it to them, we won't give up."

Sarah, David and Tracey are working on the assumption that Lancashire will re-enter Tier 3 restrictions at the end of lockdown on December 2, meaning they would need to serve food in order to run a bar.

To do this, all guests will now be required to pay for a £5 meal voucher on entrance, to cover costs.