On Friday 4th October, Harvest Fast Day, CAFOD supporters in the North East CAT Area (Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Todmorden & Clitheroe) were royally entertained by the talented folk group “The Hometowners”. The group travelled from Oldham to Burnley to deliver a night of music, song, monologues and jokes, greatly appreciated by the audience at the Knights of St Columba 110 Club in Burnley.
“The Hometowners” lined up us Mick Collins mandolin and penny whistle; Tony Downes banjo and vocals; Kevin Clarke guitar and vocals. The group performed over two sets covering classic folk pieces, such as “It’s not the leaving of Liverpool” and “Dirty Old Town” and less well-known numbers. The group was missing one of their usual members, Pete Macmillan, who unfortunately couldn’t make it due to serious illness, the group remembered him during the night’s entertainment. Tony Downes provided some memorable monologues including “the man with the single hair”, which starts with the classic line, “He was not bald… for on his shining cranium remained one hair, its colour pink geranium.”
The night was not only for the amusement of the folk of East Lancashire, but also a fundraising event for CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day. This proved to be a success thanks to their generosity with just over £200 raised. The money is to be split equally between CAFOD’s Syria Crisis Appeal (helping the desperate war-torn situation faced by Syria’s millions of refugees) and its General Development Fund, which funds long-term development projects around the world, that help people to lift themselves out of poverty by providing skills training or tools.
A big thank you to all those who supported the night, the Knights of St Columba 110 Council for the free hire of the room and the Hometowners for a great night’s entertainment.