A STAR from the hit sitcom Phoenix Nights will headline a glittering charity ball which will raise money for Joseph’s Goal.
Archie Kelly, who played Kenny Snr in the show, will perform his popular stand-up act on a night of music, comedy and food and drink.
The evening, which will be held on Saturday, March 22 at the DW Stadium, will feature a four-course meal while entertainment will also be provided by local opera singer Laurie Ashworth and TV comedian Alex Brooker.
The host will be the BBC’s George Riley, a close friend of Paul Kendrick, the Evening Post’s football writer whose young son Joseph is the inspiration behind the charity.
The four-year-old was born with the rare genetic disorder nonketotic hypoglycaemia (NKH).
The charity, set up to raise money for reasearch into the illness, has gained huge support from the Wigan public, particularly within the Latics community.
Joseph was the club’s lucky mascot in the FA Cup final against Manchester City last year. It wasn’t a game that headline act Archie enjoyed much, though, being a huge City fan!
“My return to Wigan for this great cause at the Charity Ball is proof I am not bitter after watching God’s own team lose to Wigan in the FA Cup final,” he smiled. “When Roberto Martinez said hasta la vista and hola to the Toffees I immediately contacted former City legend Ooh Vay (Uwe Rosler) who is a great friend... not of mine though. I told him that it was a good Mannschaft and that he would get all his sports gear ‘frei’ from the chairman, Herr Veelan.
“Ooh Vay has lived in England for years but he was worried about learning a new language. I told him he’d fettle OK and that job’d be reet.”
The ball looks set to be one of the charity’s biggest event yet with a raffle and auction planned and some money-can’t-buy prizes up for grabs.
Tickets are going fast, with Wigan sporting stars as well as the Super League trophy and FA and Challenge Cups also in attendance.
“We’re delighted Archie will be joining us for our big night,” Paul said. “Everyone will obviously know him from his unforgettable character in Phoenix Nights and, having seen his stand-up routine on a previous visit to Wigan, we’re in for a treat.
“We wanted to do something really special with it being our inaugural Charity Ball, and with Laurie, Alex and George also appearing it promises to be just that. We’ve got a handful of tickets left but we’re hoping to sell out this week, so if anyone is thinking of coming I’d suggest sooner rather than later. We’ve also got corporate sponsorship opportunities available, details of which can be found through facebook.com/josephsgoal or @JosephsGoal on Twitter.”
Tickets are just £50, and include a complementary drink on arrival, and a four-course meal with wine.
Tables of 10 can also be booked at the reduced rate of £450. For more details or to enquire about headline sponsorship, email email@example.com.