Member of British rock band ‘Squeeze’ to perform for this charity TODAY

Chris Difford <i>(Image: NQ)</i>
Chris Difford (Image: NQ)

A member of British rock band that rose to fame in the ‘70s is to perform a special one off gig for a Burnley charity today (December 14).

Squeeze’s singer songwriter, Chris Difford, will be at the Church on the Street Ministries (COTS) on Hammerton Street, Burnley, at 4pm.

Mr Difford will be singing Squeeze classic songs, such as ‘Cool For Cats’ and ‘Take Me, I'm Yours’.

Tickets for the gig, which is being called ‘Cool for COTS’, will cost £10 all proceeds will go towards the charity’s food bank.

Charity founder, Pastor Mick Fleming, says Chris was eager to help raise money for the charity after learning about the work it does for impoverished people in Burnley.

Mick, who recently published an autobiography, said: “This has been in the pipework for a while but we have kept it under wraps until now.

“I’ve met Chris before at the backstage of a Squeeze concert.

“He is attracted to the work we do and promised to come up and do a gig for us.

“I am buzzing because I am a massive fan. It’s my era of music and I was brought up on it. I am chuffed that he is willing to offer his time up to do this.

“There is even potential for him to come back another day.”

Mick says the money raised will help so many people this Christmas.

He said: “All we are asking for is a donation on the door which will go towards our food bank

“Last week we were speaking to family who had nothing. A little girl is facing a Christmas with nothing.

“This is the level of poverty we are dealing with. The work that we do is out of the ordinary and is for the poorest of the poor.

Posting to his social media channels, Chris said: “I will be performing at COTS this week in Burnley on Wednesday 14th December from 4:00pm.

“I have been inspired by the work or Pastor Mick, seen here back stage at a Squeeze gig in Manchester, his book and his on the street work is just so impressive.

“It’s an early show so it’s easy for people to drop by and enjoy a handful of songs from the cannon of Squeeze played solo by myself.

“If you are in the area I would love to see you. Wrap up warm and simply enjoy the late afternoon with friends.

“We’re asking for a kind donation of £10 towards their food bank, and to just come along and enjoy.

“We can’t wait to see you all there!”

Entry to the event is on a first come, first served basis.