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Euro united for party; Stars taking part in charity gig.

Byline: SARAH SCOTT

EUROVISION winners, losers and everything in between are gathering for an eclectic charity gig on Tyneside. Eurovision Reunited is the brainchild of Sue Lawrence, a Eurovision fan who has been organising parties around the annual singing competition for her and friends for the past 21 years.

And this year she has gone all out to organise a special gig.

So far on the list of singers taking part is the first winner from 1956 Lys Assia; Anne-Marie David who won for Luxembourg in 1973; Brotherhood of Man who won for the UK in 1976; Bobbysocks who won for Norway in 1985; Scott Fitzgerald, Daz Sampson and 2011 winners Eldar and Nikki, to name a few. "When you start fundraising you are told to stick to what you know so that is what I did," said 51-year-old Sue from Stocksfield, Northumberland.

"I am looking forward to it and I think it will be great fun. We have had a lot of support from the OGAE UK, the UK Eurovision fanclub."

In total 11 former Eurovision acts, including five winners, have so far been confirmed to perform at the concert on April 11 at The Sage in Gateshead to raise funds for the local children's cancer charity. "We have five winners confirmed and five winners pending, and to get those other five would be the icing on the cake," said Sue.

The night will raise money for the Toma Fund which is dedicated to the memory of Jordan Thompson and Sophie Atay, cousins who tragically died from childhood cancers.

The charity was set up by Jordan's parents Andrea and Dave, after 15-yearold Jordan lost his 19-month battle with acute myeloid leukaemia in September 2007. Sophie, who died of Neuroblastoma in March 2010 at the age of two, recently become a part of the charity after her mum Karine and Andrea discovered they were sisters.

Andrea, who was recently recognised for her fundraising efforts through Noel Edmonds' TV show Noel's Christmas Presents, said she was over the moon to have the stars taking part in the concert for her charity.

"It is a brilliant idea, it is completely different and it is going to continue to help raise our profile and hopefully raise a lot of money which is what we need to help all these kids we are trying to help and their families," said 42-year-old Andrea from West Denton.

"Hopefully we will get people from all over Europe coming for it, I am excited about it.

"If anyone wants to be part of the show we are looking for sponsorships, just get in touch," she said.

Sue is continuing to secure more acts to perform on the night which will be confirmed at a later date.

Tickets for Eurovision Reunited at The Sage in Gateshead are on sale from today for pounds 28.50 each. To find out more or to buy tickets visit The Sage or their website www.thesagegateshead.org or call the Box office on 0191 443 4661.

Video To see video footage of Eurovision acts down the years, log on to: www.chroniclelive.co.uk Acts take the stage again FROM 1956, the Eurovision has established a dedicated fanbase across Europe. In April some of the most memorable contestants will take to the stage in Tyneside. These acts will include the UK's Brotherhood of Man, who won in 1976 with Save Your Kisses For Me, and Black Lace, who competed in the competition in 1979 for the UK with Mary Ann, coming seventh.

Scott Fitzgerald is also due to perform at the show after coming second for the UK in 1988 with a song called Go written by Bruce Forsyth's daughter Julie. Also taking part in Eurovision Reunited is Nicki French who represented the UK in 2000.

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