While the majority of individuals are occupied with thoughts of summer vacations and making their way to the shore, this particular time of year finds the cherished local charity already contemplating the upcoming Christmas season.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, part of Newcastle Hospitals Charity, is thrilled to announce its 11th annual yuletide entertainment show, Christmas at the Cathedral, will take place on Thursday, 14th December. The hugely popular fundraising event at Newcastle Cathedral, known for its star-studded line-up and festive charm, has become a firm favourite and for many local people, including Lady Elsie, marks the start of their Christmas celebrations.
The talented team behind the show joined Lady Elsie at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital, to find out more about the vital work the event is helping to fund.
It was also the perfect opportunity to announce that tickets for the annual Christmas extravaganza are now available for purchase. This year’s show promises to be a night of unforgettable entertainment, with a mix of celebrities and local stars performing songs, readings, and comedy sketches, all infused with a heart-warming Christmas theme.
The line-up of performers remains a closely guarded secret, adding an element of surprise and anticipation to the show. In previous years, the event has seen renowned stars like Tim Healy, Melanie Hill, Billy Mitchell, Chelsea and Jill Halfpenny, Charlie Hardwick, Catherine Dryden, Denise Welch, Jimmy Nail, Paul Smith, Rachel Unthank, Steffen Peddie, Stephen Tomkinson, The Caffreys, The Futureheads, and Lorraine Crosby take the stage.
Thanks to the support of attendees and sponsors, including this year’s main sponsor Orbis Support Ltd from North Shields, the Christmas at the Cathedral show has become a cherished tradition for the community. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems will transform Newcastle Cathedral into an atmospheric theatrical venue, and large TV screens will ensure that every moment of the entertainment is enjoyed by all.
Ray Laidlaw, ex-Lindisfarne drummer, will once again produce the show, ensuring that this year’s event carries on the tradition of providing top-quality entertainment while honouring the legacy of the North East footballing legend, Sir Bobby Robson.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, established in 2008, funds cutting-edge cancer treatments and innovative cancer support services that directly benefit patients across the North East and Cumbria and play a significant role in international efforts against cancer.
Lady Elsie expressed her excitement, stating:“This is such a special event for us every year. They keep the line up secret from all the audience, including me, and I love being surprised by the talented performers who take to the stage. I think that’s a huge part of its charm.
“We’re so proud and grateful that The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is benefitting from this wonderful event once again this year. The cathedral is a beautiful venue and it’s a wonderful mix of music, fun and Christmas tradition that I’m greatly looking forward to.”Lady Elsie
Jonathan Wallis from Barnard Castle, the organiser of Christmas at the Cathedral, is thrilled to be a part of this meaningful event, which raises funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and supports cancer patients in this area.
“This is my favourite event of the year, it has everything, top quality entertainment, a Christmas feel, and it also raises awareness and funds for a very deserving cause. The North East public love the show as tickets sell out quicker year on year.Jonathan Wallis