FROM HULL DAILY MAIL
Joe Longthorne's concert to raise cash for Hull's flood fund is heading towards a sell-out.
Today, only 50 tickets remain for the gig, which takes place on Wednesday at The New Walton Club in Walton Street, west Hull.
Money raised will go towards the Hull Flood Fund, which provides aid for those affected by the summer floods.
As well as ticket sales, money will also be raised from an auction of one of Joe's gold discs, one of his suits and other memorabilia.
The event has been organised by Joe's nephew, Keith Holiday.
Mr Holiday said: "The ticket sales are going very well. Joe is really looking forward to coming over (from Blackpool). He is bringing his orchestra with him."
There are a total of 450 tickets for the performance, which will be Joe's last before Christmas.
Mr Holiday said: "A lot of the tickets have been bought by people in Hull, but Joe's manager put a few on his site for his fans."
As well as the main act, Hull singer Katie Williams will also be performing.
Joe, who was born in Hessle Road, west Hull, has performed across the world and has released a host of solo albums.
During his career, he has spent 20 years battling leukaemia, but was finally given the all-clear by doctors this year. In 2005, he had a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
However, he spent 10 weeks in an induced coma while his body fought pneumonia.
Despite his illness, he has committed himself to raising money for charities, including Macmillan Cancer Care.
Joe, 52, has an impressive tour record and an army of fans.
He is held in such high regard by his fans that one, Lyn Perkins, has started a petition appealing to the Government to put Joe's name forward to become an MBE.
So far, 86 people have signed the petition, including author Jeffrey Archer, who added his name after seeing Joe in concert.
Among those supporting the event at Walton Street is Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Brenda Petch.
The event begins at 7pm. Buffet tickets cost £35, seating tickets £25.
To buy tickets, call Keith Holiday on 07876 456865 or City Waste on (01482) 224775.
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