Chris Cross the Magician has gathered fellow Geordie Stars together to raise Cash for a few local charities, whilst Celebrating 18 years since the cult Geordie film, Purely Belter, was filmed on location in the North East.
Incredibly, it's 18 years since that film about two lads wanting season tickets to Newcastle United was filmed here in Newcastle - how time flies! Tim Healy, Charlie Hardwick, Greg McLane, Chris Beattie, Val McLane, Charlie Richmond & Other Cast members of the movie are all confirmed by Chris to attend this special one-off event.
After the screening, they'll take to the stage for a bit of banter. Expect behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes and a good laugh with some of our favourite Geordie faces! There'll be a unique Q&A's session too, where the audience can ask the stars questions about the Movie.
We won't be offering our usual table service for the event, but you will still be able to enjoy a full range of drinks and movie snacks from our wonderful bar; including freshly made pop-corn and ice-cream!
On the night there will also be a silent auction featuring a host of sports and movie memorabilia; including a signed Alan Shearer Newcastle United Shirt, a pair of signed Paul Gascoigne Football Boots, a signed Paul Gascoigne Football and more!
Funds in aid of David Whitaker: A Donation towards the ongoing care and rehabilitation of local acclaimed actor, Dave Whitaker. North East actor David Whitaker suffered a massive stroke during the interval of a performance of the Live Theatre / Soho Theatre production Utopia at the Soho Theatre in July 2012. Since then, after being treated at University College Hospital in London, the RVI in Newcastle and then at Newcastle General Hospital, he has been unable to speak and has very limited movement, being paralysed down the right-hand side of his body, and has been living in a care home. Intensive therapy sessions, not available on the NHS, are essential to enable him to regain some quality of life and his family, friends and colleagues have been fundraising to enable this therapy to continue.
The Jay Lennon Foundation: Paul Gascoigne's sister set this up in memory of her son, Jay Lennon Kerrigan Gascoigne. It started as a fund raising group, raising money for MIND and raised over £5,000 in less than 5 months. They're now raising money for Jay Lennon hospital beds for mental health patients. Their ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Campaign is one of the Biggest ever mental health campaigns seen in the UK. The money raised will go towards beds in North East hospitals.
Chris Cross the Magician, Organiser & Host of the Evening, says:
''Purely Belter is one of my favourite films! I've been mates with Chris Beattie, who played 'Gerry' in the movie, for a while now and we got talking one day about the film. He told me loads of interesting facts as well as funny stories from filming that I'd never heard before and would never have known, neither! Then, a few weeks later, when I got booked to entertain at Alan Shearer's statue unveiling after-party, I mentioned the film to Alan and he started recalling parts of it and laughing about him getting his car nicked in the movie! At that point I decided, 18 years since it was filmed up here in our home city shouldn't sneak under the radar!
I'm REALLY excited to be bringing the majority of the films cast together for one PURELY BELTER Night- As well as a few tricks, I also have some questions up my sleeves that I'm dying to asking them!
I'm really pleased to be donating the profits to a few LOCAL causes too. Money raised won't go to a big national charity elsewhere in the country, it'll be distributed here, in the north east, to a few worthy causes I've selected. Charity starts at home.''
Chris Beattie, who Stars as 'Gerry' in the Movie, says:
''I Consider myself incredibly lucky to have been chosen to play the lead role in the film, it still remains the highlight in my career to date and it's the best experience I've ever had! The movie got me spotted for my part in Byker Grove too, which I also really enjoyed being part of. We had lots of laughs on the Purely Belter set & I'm looking forward to reminiscing and sharing stories with my fellow cast members!''
Chris Cross, 27, from the West End of Newcastle, has been performing as a Close-up & Cabaret Magician at Private, VIP & Celebrity events around the world since he was 10 years old for the likes of Alice Cooper, The Prince of Wales, Mike Tyson, Boy George and many others.
Landmarks in the movie include The Angel of the North, The Spanish City Fairground, St James's Park, Kielder, Gateshead High St, Metroland, Northumberland Street, The Quayside, Grey Street and many other well known spots around the region.