Friday, December 7, 2012

Northern Soul and Southern Generosity...

It's always good to hear about the restoration of historic buildings but York’s De Grey Rooms sounds like the perfect venue for an upcoming Northern Soul all day event which aims not only to bring this amazing building back to life, but which also aims to raise a substantial amount for local charity, York House Ventures.

The charity is based in Heslington and does valuable work helping people with acquired brain injury, often from accidents or strokes and helping them in their everyday lives.

The building itself has now been restored to its former glory; a lavish Victorian ballroom dating back to the 1830s with a magnificent wall to wall, sprung wooden dance floor. This will be a coming together of an incredible line-up of Northern Soul DJ's from all over the UK all of whom will be playing original vinyl and representing legendary Northern Soul Venues!

Upon hearing of this retro musical extravaganza and their fundraising expectations we instantly thought of artist Mike Jackson who loves to paint mods on their scooters and spoke to him about the possibility of him donating something from this collection to help raise funds for the charity.

Without hesitation Mike said yes and he has painted an original watercolour aptly titled ‘There Was A Time’, to be donated to the auction to be held at the Northern Soul event on New Year's Day. Mike says that he hopes the auction goes well and that the event is a roaring success.

Mike Jackson is no newcomer to charitable donations having also donated work earlier in the year to raise funds for the RNLI when Diane did her Humber Bridge abseil.

Mike is always the first to jump in with an offer to help for anything charitable. He is a star! 

The opportunity for fans of sixties and seventies soul music to dust off their polished leather-soled shoes and dance from 2pm until midnight is proving popular!

If your New Years wish is to dance the night away then tickets are just £11 each and are available via PayPal CLICK HERE OR Contact Jason Chinnian on 07884 367177