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We Shall Overcome gig raises a grand amount for Foodbank

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A music event held in October as part of the national We Shall Overcome campaign has raised £1,000 for Stroud District Foodbank.

The event was organised and promoted by district councillors Doina Cornell and Robin Drury-Layfield in partnership with Unite the Union.

The event held at The Little Vic in Stroud saw slam poet Elvis MacGonagall, local band Tortellini and legendary folkabilly performer John D Revelator play to a packed house. Elvis had the audience laughing with his wry commentary on the state of the nation, Tortellini inspired with their insightful songs and radical takes on classic songs Teenage Kicks and Breathe, whilst headliner John D Revelator played a rocking solo set to bring the house down.

Meggie from Tortellini said: “We were very excited to be asked to play at the Little Vic and to be a part of We Shall Overcome this year. We hope everyone enjoyed the show and look forward to playing in Stroud again soon.”

Doina Cornell explained: “There should be no need at all for foodbanks in this hugely wealthy country but whilst there is, we will always step up to support those in our community that need our help the most.”

Amanda Strover, Stroud Foodbank Manager, added: “We have seen the numbers of people needing help from Stroud District Foodbank rise dramatically this year and donations aren’t keeping up. If there’s one gift you can give this Christmas please try to make it a direct donation of food or money to your local foodbank.”

Robin Drury-Layfield said: “We’re proud of our union Unite for their enthusiasm and their willingness to support this event. We’d like to also thank Pam at the Vic for all her kindness in letting us use the venue.”

Anyone wanting to support the foodbank’s work in Stroud District can do so here: https://strouddistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

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