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Band returns to live shows with a fund-raiser for a Haverhill dementia care hub




A band is to celebrate a return to live gigs by playing at a fund-raiser for a Haverhill centre that supports people with dementia.

Giant Harpoon, which has members in Haverhill, Burwell and Rugby, will play at the Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre on Saturday, September 4, as part of an event to raise money for the Memories Are Golden Community Hub, based in Park Road, Haverhill.

The four-piece band recorded its debut album Tiny Little Fractures last year (available on all main streaming platforms, such as iTunes and Spotify) despite the difficulties imposed by the pandemic, but numerous live gigs have had to be cancelled.

Kelly Kennedy-Smith (front centre), manager of the Memories are Golden Community Hub pictured next to Lee Theobald (left) and Gary Theobald from the Giant Harpoon band. Picture by Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk
Kelly Kennedy-Smith (front centre), manager of the Memories are Golden Community Hub pictured next to Lee Theobald (left) and Gary Theobald from the Giant Harpoon band. Picture by Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk

Haverhill-based Gary Theobald, bass player in Giant Harpoon, said of the hub: "This wonderful organisation brings together individuals living with dementia and those who are at risk of social isolation.

"Kelly Kennedy-Smith, along with her team of carers and volunteers provide a much needed array of meaningful activities, entertainment and events, to improve wellbeing, build friendships and particularly in these trying times, help to reduce social isolation amongst these vulnerable adults.

"The band are genuinely delighted to be fronting this event."

Kelly Kennedy-Smith (front centre), manager of the Memories are Golden Community Hub in Haverhill, pictured with two members of the Giant Harpoon band, Lee Theobald (front left) and Gary Theobald (front right). The band are holding a fundraising gig for the hub. Picture by Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.
Kelly Kennedy-Smith (front centre), manager of the Memories are Golden Community Hub in Haverhill, pictured with two members of the Giant Harpoon band, Lee Theobald (front left) and Gary Theobald (front right). The band are holding a fundraising gig for the hub. Picture by Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.

The rest of the band consists of singer/songwriter /keyboardist and guitarist (and Gary's son-in-law), Lee Theobald , Callum Hull. Lee's brother, on lead guitar and Nigel Witney on synthesizer/drum machine and backing vocals.

Callum and Lee used to play in a local band called Solstice and Lee and Gary played as a duo called Patterns of Ash until it disbanded.

Nigel and Lee then set up Giant Harpoon with Gary and Callum completing the line up in early 2020.

The event runs from 7pm to 11.30pm, with a bar and disco. Tickets are available at £12, inclusive of automatic raffle entry,

Gary added: "This is a great opportunity to support such a wonderful local charity whilst helping to revive live music."

To order tickets please contact 07538920731or email: memoriesaregoldencommunityhub@gmail.com.

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