Tribute night for compere

A COUNTRY and Western music evening is to be held in memory of a club compere.

Monday, 5th March 2012, 3:50 pm

Frank Ward compered at the Cades County Country Music Club - held at Shireoaks Miners’ Welfare - for 30 years.

He died aged 74 on New Year’s Eve after suffering from cancer.

The music night being held in his name will be held on Wednesday 7th March from 8pm at the welfare, on Shireoaks Road.

All the money raised will go to a cancer charity.

Club secretary Jeff Whitworth, of Worksop, said they were expecting a big turn-out.

He said: “Frank was very well known at the club and everywhere with country music clubs, he was well liked.”

“He had compered at the club for many years and occasionally played as well.”

“We decided to hold a tribute night for him and to raise money for a cancer charity at the same time.”

Audience members are in for a real treat on the night.

The line-up will feature the John Aston Band, Mick Ford Duo, Pete Jones, Gerry Walker and Phil Lloyd.

Other guest artists will also be making an appearance.

The night will be compered by John Aston.

Mr Whitworth said they are not selling tickets in advance, the cost will be £5 on the door.

There will also be a fundraising raffle in aid of cancer charities.

Mr Ward was married and had two children and four grandchildren.

Mr Whitworth said: “I have been running the welfare club since 1974 and Frank’s always helped me out all these years.”

“We wanted to do something in his name.”