Halifax pub’s fund raiser for Lisa’s boys

Beach party fund raiser at The Old Cock, for sons of Lisa Brooke.
Beach party fund raiser at The Old Cock, for sons of Lisa Brooke.
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It may not have been sunny, but that did not stop friends of a popular young woman who died at just 29 celebrating her life with a beach party.

Crowds of people turned out to The Old Cock in Halifax town centre for the Hawaiian-themed party in tribute to Lisa Brooke.

Lisa, who was well-known in Halifax and used to be a pupil at Sowerby Bridge High School, died suddenly in March.

She left three sons - 11-year-old Conner, nine-year-old Josh and eight-year-old Jack.

Inspired by Lisa’s love of fancy dress, her friends decided to organise the beach party to collect cash for her little boys for when they are older.

Gerry Robertson, manager at The Old Cock in Halifax town centre, was friends with Lisa and used to work with her.

She said Lisa would have loved the celebrations.

“She would have been right in the middle of it,” she said. “She would have been the star of the show.

“I want to say a massive thak you to everyone who helped plan the party,” she added.

“Lots of people have helped, especially Lee McDermott, Kelly Sudnerland, Beth Tetley and all the staff.”

The party saw guests braving pouring rain to arrive in a variety of colourful and bright beach outfits.

There was also bouncy castles, karaoke, raffle, face painting, cake stalls, a tombola and a barbecue.

Live music was provided by The Great Diplomats and Black Heart Idols , and there were also sets from DJs Benji Moss, Pete Aspinall, Matt Roberts and Joe Hughes.

Brave volunteers also took on a sponsored fire walk in aid of children’ cancer charity Little Heroes.