Al Stewart gigs at Victoria Theatre

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Villagers fighting to take the Holywell Inn pub into community ownership have booked the Victoria Theatre for a big-name gig.

Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Al Stewart comes to Halifax on October 26.

The Californian is touring the UK for the first time in three years and the show will be the last night of that tour which includes a date at the Royal Albert Hall.

He is best known for the hit “Year of the Cat.

Also joining him in Halifax will be Iain Matthews who with his band “Matthews Southern Comfort” had a worldwide number one hit with Joni Mitchells “Woodstock.”

Mark Griffiths – bass player for Cliff Richard and the Shadows – will also be taking part.

Holywell Inn Action Group spokesman John Walsh said the show represented a major coup for a small community.

“Al is a personal friend of mine and is delighted to be coming to Yorkshire to do this show,” he said.

“We are delighted to be able to arrange this show and extend our gratitude to the staff at the Victoria Theatre for all their assistance. All profit from the show will go towards our fundraising efforts.”

Tickets are £27.50 which includes a theatre support fee of £1.

The next fundraising event is a village “bake off” to be held in the church hall on Saturday May 18.