Reviewed by Grimsby Evening Telegraph.
The spirits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davies Jnr combined in the great voice of Gary Williams at a charity concert in aid of The Pink Rose Appeal. More than 350 guests were entertained by Gary, who did it his way in big swing style and helped raise thousands of pounds for the appeal. Guests paid £12 for a ticket and Gary gave CDs to people who paid £10 towards the appeal - which was no kick in the head. He sang his heart out, accompanied by Regency Music and the appreciative audience. June Hills, of Columbia Road, Grimsby, said: "We know one or two people suffering from breast cancer at the moment and we wanted to do anything we could to help and make them more comfortable."
Her husband Paul Hills said: "It has been an excellent night. It is our sort of music." Guest Angie Smith, who overcame breast cancer after two mastectomies, said it was a fabulous night.
She said: "The people have said it all tonight. It has been a fabulous night for me to end all that I have gone through and move on. I have been lucky. The number of people who have been touched by cancer or get involved with fundraising, it is all unbelievable."
She said she was overwhelmed when Gary Williams presented her with a red rose. Gary said: "It has been a lovely night. It is like performing in front of friends and family. "There was a great atmosphere. As soon as I started singing everyone was up for a great night." Organiser Linda Lyon, secretary to The Pink Rose Appeal and to the Breast Care Unit at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, said: "I am thrilled with the turnout. Gary has been wonderful. It has been a phenomenal night."
Joyce Woods (70), of Suggitts Orchid, Cleethorpes, said: "We came to see Gary Williams. We are fans of his and, of course, everyone supports The Pink Rose Appeal. It has been an enjoyable evening and Gary was magnificent." Diane Falkingham (61), of Laceby Road, said: "We have had several friends with breast cancer, so we always support the appeal. This has been a fabulous night." Anne Spall (61), of Davenport Drive, Cleethorpes, said: "Seeing Gary Williams was a bonus."