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Top TV comic to kick off flood-raiser tour in Cumbria

Top TV impressionist Rory Bremner will entertain crowds in Cumbria, Lancashire & Yorkshire next month, when he performs at series of special charity gigs to raise money for those affected by flooding over the festive season across the north of England.

Rory will kick off his mini tour ‘COME HELL AND HIGH WATER’ in Penrith, at Eden Arts venue, The Old Fire Station, on 23rd February, followed by gigs at The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal on 24th, The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick on 25th, The Grand Theatre, Lancaster on 29th and The Grand Opera House, York on a date TBC.

Bremner will star in, and compere a two hour comedic extravaganza, alongside some top UK talent, including Justin Moorhouse and Fred MacAulay, who have been confirmed for both the Penrith and Kendal gigs. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are priced at £20 and can be booked through each venue. All proceeds from the Cumbrian gigs with go to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Appeal, the proceeds from the Lancaster and York gigs will go to their respective flood relief appeals.

TV presenter and comedian Rory Bremner, said: ‘’It was heart breaking to see the devastation caused by the floods in Cumbria. To help out, I’m bringing a top line-up of comics for some special fund-raisers. Come along for a great evening of comedy and variety and support those hardest hit!’’

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, said: “We are really pleased that such a prominent performer and prodigious talent such as Rory is keen to help Cumbria bounce back. The fact that he is kicking off his short ‘COME HELL AND HIGH WATER’ tour at The Old Fire Station, Penrith is massively appropriate. During the December flood crisis, the main part of the building was turned over to local flood relief volunteers for office space and warehousing for the huge volume of donations we received from across the UK. It’s hugely fitting that the first benefit gig Rory is performing on this mini tour is happening in one of the buildings that was so close to the action.’’

Andy Beeforth, Cumbria Community Foundation’s Chief Executive, said: “I am overwhelmed that one of the UKs most astute comic satirists is performing not one but three shows for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Recovery Appeal. I hope he gets a rousing welcome at the venues in Penrith, Keswick and Kendal. We’ve raised £5.2 million so far to help Cumbrians recover from the devastating floods and we need to raise more. We know from our previous fundraising efforts that people will help for a long time. Having Rory Bremner’s support in this way is a real boost for our appeal.

Tickets for the first gig can be purchased from www.edenarts.co.uk/penrith-old-fire-station/

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For further information contact Heather Walker on 01768 899444 heather@edenarts.co.uk
Eden Arts is a charitable arts organisation. Charity no. 1139215 based in the Eden District, Cumbria funded by Eden District Council and Arts Council England. Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema. www.edenarts.co.uk

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