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That's Entertainment - a concert for all the family - is to be staged in Carlisle's Sand's Centre on Friday, 11th May, starting at 7-30pm.
Numerous talented performers from the Carlisle area, ranging from primary school age youngsters to pensioners, will feature in this concert, which is being staged to raise money to build a chapel at the city's new Newman Catholic Secondary School.
In the line-up will be the Border City Band, which will play a "My Fair Lady" medley, numbers from "Hairspray" and Moonlight Serenade, Carlisle Dance Academy, and a violin trio. Also performing will be singers and former Newman students Holly Neaves and Nick King, who will perform a swing set, Musicality, and current Newman pupils will join youngsters from three city Catholic primary schools for an "Oliver" finale.
After two years of uncertainty, it has been confirmed that a new Newman School will be built on land at Blackwell. It is hoped it will open in September, 2019. The previous Lismore Place school was flooded during Storm Desmond in December 2015.
However, although funding has been secured to build the new school, no cash has been allocated to build an on-site chapel, so the Catholic men's service organisation, the Knights of St. Columba, has taken on the role of fundraiser. It hopes to raise £75,000, although more money will probably be needed.
Retired priest Father Norman Johnston is a former pupil of St.Patrick's Secondary School, which preceded Newman School. Now aged 80 and having returned to live in Carlisle, it was his idea to stage the concert and he is being helped by a small subcommittee, one member being city music teacher Janice Jackson.
He said: "I thought it would be a good idea to put on a show as we have some really talented young people. It's nice to have former pupils involved and those who will be going to the new school. It is especially important for a Catholic secondary school to have a chapel as it is used for many things and is important for the development of the ethos of the school."