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‘Meatloaf’ in the Limelight

THE man who won ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes by performing as Meatloaf will be one of the acts appearing at a major charity fundraising concert due to take place in Carlisle this December.

Limelight Live 2018 takes to the stage at Harraby Community Theatre in the city on Sunday, December 9 and will feature no less than 11 music and dance acts, including Meatloaf impersonator Matt Shaw, alongside local artists. All proceeds from the concert will go towards Carlisle Mencap, which helps more than 500 adults and children with learning disabilities and their families across Cumbria.

Matt Shaw as Meatloaf

The event is the brainchild of Damien Baglee, of Thompson Accident Repair Centre in Durranhill, Carlisle, who is a keen supporter and fundraiser for Carlisle Mencap and who also plays guitar with his band The Blue Flames. It was an appearance by The Blue Flames at a summer fundraising event for the charity at the same venue in August that gave him the idea for the Limelight 2018 concert.

Damien, who is organising the event along with Carlisle Mencap, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, said: “This should be a great showcase of local talent, alongside the fantastic performer Matt Shaw, and will be a fabulous night of entertainment to raise money for a very worthwhile cause. And the theatre at Harraby is an ideal venue for a night like this too.”

Blue Flames

Among the other acts appearing are singer-songwriter and Youtube sensation Melanie Baker, Eden Dance, The Jack Duster Band and The Blue Flames.

Sponsors for the event include David Allen Financial Services, Arnold Clark, Purdham & Waugh, Uber Creative Designs, and Thompson Accident Repair Centre. Tickets, at £7 each, are available from Harraby Community Campus, where the theatre is housed, in Edgehill Road, Damien at Thompson Accident Repair Centre, or Phil Taylor at Carlisle Mencap.

Phil, events and fundraising officer at Carlisle Mencap, said: “What a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit and also to bring down the curtain on our special 50th anniversary year. Damien and the gang have done a great job and we’re grateful to all the acts and sponsors for supporting Carlisle Mencap.”

Other fundraising events lined up in December for Carlisle Mencap include a Big Festive Quiz at the Old Fire Station in Peter Street, Carlisle, on Monday December 3, and a Christmas Fair at the charity’s Dove Street café and nearby Church of Scotland hall in Chapel Street in the city centre on Wednesday, December 12.

For more details about any of the above events, contact Phil on 01228 674393 or email [email protected] while Limelight 2018 has its own Facebook page at

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