Blackpool by the Lud in Louth for Joanne

A fundraising event in Louth is being dubbed ‘a little bit of Blackpool by the Lud!’

Marjorie Barnes of Louth is a determined lady! A tireless fundraiser and worker, Marjorie came up with the idea of helping Louth and District Hospice by bringing Blackpool to Louth in the form of a tea dance in the Town Hall on November 21.

nternational organist Joanne Naulls, herself a Lincolnshire lass, has been booked to play the Compton Theatre organ in the Town Hall and provide the perfect backdrop to glide across the dance floor in true Tower Ballroom style.

Mrs Barnes took her initial idea to Andy Howlett at Louth Town Hall to try and set up what is going to be a spectacular afternoon in the ballroom.

“We are delighted to support this brilliant initiative” Andy said.

“You don’t need to travel a 400 mile round trip to get the Blackpool experience - the Compton in the Town Hall is one of the best maintained organs in the country and Joanne is the perfect organist for an afternoon tripping the light fantastic.”

The team at the Town Hall worked with Marjorie to set up the event, which includes an afternoon tea, to help raise funds for the Hospice.

“It will be a brilliant afternoon,” Andy explained.

“Great dance music from a great organist, on a great organ - truly a bit of Blackpool by the Lud. You can dance or just listen to the music, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and it all helps our local Hospice.

“Come along and help put the sparkle into Louth.”

Asked why the Town Hall was so quick to work with Mrs Barnes, Andy explained: “It is a delight and privilege to work on this project with Marjorie - she has boundless energy and a real determination to make a difference.

“Exactly what Louth and the Hospice need. It wasn’t something we even needed to think about - we were straight in!”

The afternoon runs from 1.30pm with dancing from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tickets are available from the Town Hall, Eve and Ranshaw and Louth and District Hospice.