Christmas comedy night raises funds for local foodbanks

BACK by popular demand was the New Stalybridge Labour Club Christmas Comedy night, raising £550 for local foodbanks.

Comedienne Nina Gilligan

The massively popular event, organised by Cllr Adrian Pearce, his partner Christine Beardsmore and local comedienne Nina Gilligan, was a sellout last yearand bringing it back was a no brainer.

Gilligan, who appeared at last year’s event, wanted to get more involved and played a huge part in organising the event and securing the line-up.

She said: “I think it’s an absolute national embarrassment that we still have foodbanks that look set to be here for a long time to come.

“Anything we can do to support them I think we should do.

“I’ve only got jokes, I am trying to use them for good.”

The evening started with Gilligan taking to the stage to welcome everybody and poke fun at councillors in the room.

Following that, Trish Garman from Tameside East Foodbank reminded people why they were there and what the money raised would be used for.

The first of three comics was Gilligan, a regular at Labour Party events in Tameside who has a good following within the area.

She is effortlessly funny and charming and makes you want more every time she finishes.

She was followed by Rod Shepard and Peter Brush. Both comedians did around 20 minutes and provided plenty of laughs. Last up was headliner and English comedian of the year in 2015, Brendan Reece.

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, the young comic has been making a name for himself in recent years so to see him play a charity gig in Stalybridge was refreshing.

From start to finish his act was original and funny and it wasn’t hard to see why he won the coveted title.

The event was a great success, including the live comedy, a raffle, potato pie supper and raising £550 for local foodbanks.

Cllr Pearce said: “As one of the directors of the New Stalybridge Labour Club, I am pleased we are starting to achieve its primary objective – to support the local community.

“The comedy night is a great example of this, raising funds for local foodbanks in a venue promoting the best of Tameside’s talent and a fun night for everyone.”


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