Local hero, Alan Shearer and adopted Geordie, James Bay, came together to create a night to remember and raise a staggering £210k for the Alan Shearer Foundation to fund the Alan Shearer Centre a specialist sensory and recreation centre in Newcastle for people of all ages living with disabilities.
Guests at the annual Ball were welcomed with a rousing rendition of Local Hero, performed by the one and only Johnny ‘Blue Hat’ Davis. Alan Shearer then took to the stage to officially get the party started and local singer/songwriter, Glen Roughead, warmed up the crowd ahead of headline act – multi-Brit award winner, James Bay!
“I’m so excited I could finally play the Alan Shearer Foundation Ball!” Said James, “Alan invited me a few years back and we’ve finally been able to make it work and it’s so exciting to be here. Alan’s been a hero of mine since I was just a little Toon fan at the age of 6. It’s an honour to be here to help raise as much as possible for this brilliant foundation. What an amazing night!”
“Every year we ask the people of the North East and beyond to dig deep and every year they deliver!” said Alan Shearer, who hosted the night with his wife, Lainya. “I’m fully aware that lots of people are f
inding it tough at the moment but we couldn’t do what we do without their fantastic support. I can’t thank them enough; their generosity always amazes me.”