Phoenix Nights star in comedy charity gig

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WETHERBY looks set to be in stitches once again as the town welcomes a Phoenix Nights star for an evening of comedy.

Jo Enwright, who played Beverley in the hit Peter Kay-penned comedy show, will headline a special line up at the Sports Association on Boston Road on July 28.

Wetherby Laughs is becoming an annual feature in the local comedy calendar and last year raised more than £1,200 for the British Lung Foundation.

Joint event coordinator, Alex Stappard (32), said: “We began the comedy nights three years ago and have raised money for various charities, including the Jane Tomlinson Appeal (for cancer charities) and most recently for the British Lung Foundation.

“We have been really pleased that local people have come out and supported the event – this year we are in for a real comedy treat with Jo Enwright headlining.”

Alex and friends John Atkinson and Andy Bond, were encouraged to continue the comedy nights after Alex’s mum Margaret Stappard, of Foxhill, Wetherby, died of Interstitial Pneumonitis in March 2010, aged 58.

Since then more than £11,000 has been raised for a charity set up in her name. For tickets phone 01937 585699 or email stappard@yahoo.com

Alex continued: “Since mum died it is amazing how much money people have raised, from simply donating, to running marathons and doing treks. She was clearly well liked within the Wetherby community – always doing things for others – comedy nights are the perfect way to continue with her charitable legacy.”

As well as Jo Enwright, there will also be appearances by popular Lancashire based comedians Ben Lawes and Chris Roche.

Rounding off the evening will be popular local group Refried Radio.

Tickets, £9, are selling fast so people need to buy in advance. Contact stappard@yahoo.com, Wetherby Sports Association on (01937) 585699, or Andy Bond on 07725480434.