|OUTLOOK IS SUNNY THANKS TO MUSIC LEGEND |
Music legend John Miles will take time out from playing guitar for Tina Turner to help sick and disadvantaged North East children.
The Jarrow-born performer who stormed the charts in the 1970s with hits Music, Highfly and Slowdown has agreed to help the Chronicle's Sunshine Fund.
He will open the twice yearly record and CD fair at Northumbria University in March.
During the last eight years the fair has raised thousands of pounds for the Sunshine Fund which pays for vital equipment for sick and needy children in the North East.
Fair organiser John Esplen said: "We are absolutely delighted because John is a local legend.
"Even people who don't know a lot about music all know who he is."
With his group, Influence, he put in years of hard work touring the clubs and pubs of Tyneside before deciding to head for London in 1973.
Since then John, 51, has spent more than 10 years as lead guitarist with megastar Tina Turner and has also toured with Joe Cocker.
The Record and CD Fair takes place in the University's ballroom on March 9, between 10am and 4pm.
John will meet fans and sign autographs, as well as helping out on the Sunshine Fund stall.
Past guests, who have also helped out on the Sunshine Fund stall, include singer Mungo Jerry and the group Lindisfarne.
The fair is one of the biggest in Britain and 5,000 people are expected to search through CDs, albums, singles, books, autographs and other memorabilia.
Organisers are appealing for rare records that will be sold to aid the fund.
In the past, groups including the Spice Girls and Prodigy have donated items, with Oasis providing the signed artwork to their single D'You Know What I Mean?
Anyone bringing donations of rarities to the record fair will get free admission.
Entry to the fair is £2 and children accompanied by an adult are free.