Wake up Woking

Woking Leisure Centre “Woke up” on Sunday when Paul Weller returned to play in his home town of Woking for the first time in 30 years to raise money for our Hospices.

Tickets to this exclusive gig had sold very quickly as over 1,200 Weller fans clamoured to see their idol perform at such an intimate gig.

The Leisure centre was transformed to provide an impressive venue with lighting that created an atmospheric arena for the performers. Support groups, The Steve Brooks Band and The 5:16‘s warmed up the crowd and then Paul was on stage. The set was a mix of old and new with tracks from the critically acclaimed “Wake up the Nation” album mixed in with The Jam classics “The Eton Rifles” and “That’s Entertainment” and then slowing things down with “You do something to me” and “Broken Stones”. The whole atmosphere was electric and when Bruce Foxton, the Bass player of the Jam, joined Paul on the stage for “Butterfly Collector” the words were echoing around the hall.

Sam Molnar persuaded Paul to help the Hospices and also organised the gig said “It has been a lot of hard work but with the help of Vic Falsetta and Mary Lacey at the Hospices, it has culminated in a fantastic night. Paul played for over two hours and when I spoke to him afterwards he said he really enjoyed it. We are hoping to raise around £50,000 to £60,000 which has been made possible by the support of Paul Weller, Woking Leisure Centre, the support bands and all the volunteers.”

It really was a fantastic night with funds further boosted by sales of T-shirts, programmes, posters and raffle tickets.

The wining raffle ticket numbers were: 90016, 90025, 90056, 90068, 90071, 92548, 92603, 92616, 92628, 92645, 92655, 92664, 92685, 92692, 92695, 92698, 92725, 92740, 92763, 92791, 92777, 93065. If you have a winning ticket, please call fundraising on 01483 881752

Photos courtesy of Grahame Larter, Woking News & Mail