Tremen­dous turnout for ‘Tina’

Cyprus Today - - LEISURE -

THE UK’s num­ber one Tina Turner trib­ute artist of 2017, Jus­tine Rid­doch, set pulses rac­ing dur­ing her firstever show in the TRNC. Or­gan­ised by the Sup­per Club, the two-hour spec­tac­u­lar raised 2,700TL for the Civil Emer­gency Ser­vice Vol­un­teers (CESV 112) when it was staged be­fore a sell-out au­di­ence of 240 in the Rooftop res­tau­rant at Girne’s The Colony ho­tel on Thurs­day last week.

A two-course meal was served dur­ing the evening, which also saw the launch of the Sup­per Club’s 2018 sea­son as the Liver­pool-born trib­ute artist gave her ren­di­tion of songs im­mor­talised by the leg­endary “Queen of Rock’n Roll”.

Ms Rid­doch, who has 27 years of show busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind her, changed dress four times dur­ing a stun­ning light show cre­ated by her ac­com­pa­ny­ing sound and light­ing en­gi­neer. Fol­low­ing the per­for­mance, a Money Tree draw was held with three cash prizes — all of which were then do­nated by win­ners to the fundrais­ing pot.

“This was a sold-out event within two weeks and it was a stun­ning per­for­mance that had people up and danc­ing through­out the night”, said or­gan­iser Laurence Floyd, who dis­closed that two other shows are sched­uled for this year, the first a Bee Gees trib­ute event on June 20 at The Colony Gar­den fol­lowed on Septem­ber 15 by what is billed as “the world’s best Las Ve­gas-style Elvis show” to be held in Girne Am­phithe­atre.

“Nor­mally we have two events each year but this time we are hav­ing three ma­jor shows as there is great de­mand for big­ger events”, said Mr Floyd. “Each time we try to host some­one dif­fer­ent but even if we do have the same artists, we make sure it is at an in­ter­val of at least three years.”

CESV’s op­er­a­tional di­rec­tor Stephen Col­lard, who con­grat­u­lated the Sup­per Club for host­ing the fundraiser, said: “The pro­ceeds will go to­wards the pur­chase of med­i­cal equip­ment such as neck col­lars for us to dis­trib­ute to health cen­tres and clin­ics in the TRNC”.

Guests danc­ing. Left, Tina Turner aka Jus­tine Rid­doch per­forms. Dean Scargill, Paul Kel­lett, Kath Hep­worth and Sandy Lee. Right, Jim and Jill Hayes, Bar­bara and Mike Col­lier. Be­low left and right, guests en­joy­ing the evening. Photos: Brian Joyce

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