Kurt goes from the campaign trail to the fundraising trail

HAVING lost out in the tightest result of all at the recent local elections, Kurt McPartland could have been forgiven for having a breather for a month or so.


But the man who was edged out in the Stalybridge Dukinfield poll by just 13 votes is already on another trail.


He will be performing at a fundraising event for local organisation Barty’s Foodbank.


The Conservative candidate will be belting out hits from the likes of Take That, Westlife and Boyzone at the gig on Friday, October 8 at Dukinfield Golf Club.


It also represents one of the first performances of the Ultimate Boyband Experience he is part of after the easing of Covid-19 regulations.


And he could not think of a better cause to choose.


Kurt said: “The main reason I picked Barty’s is it’s local and gives something for people.


“I see the effect of the work he does in the area. Quite a lot of people use him and I now a few that do.


“It makes a massive difference.

Steve Barton

“Steven Barton, who runs Barty’s, is a nice guy too. He doesn’t just run the food bank. He also does clothes and shoes for children that need them.


“If a child feels they haven’t got something, he’ll give it to them. Likewise, if they haven’t got electricity or gas.


“At the event, people can expect the Ultimate Boyband Experience, a bit of Take That, Westlife and Boyzone – everyone loves a bit of that.


“There will also be music all night and a raffle, for which Cllr Liam Billington is sorting out the prizes.”


Kurt may have been busy campaigning for votes in the May 6 poll, agonisingly losing out after three recounts.

But he has also lined up plenty of fundraising activities, with two more set to be scheduled for the end of November/beginning of December for Willow Wood Hospice and the Cash For Kids appeal.


He added: “I agree to do the fundraising about a month ago, just after the campaign finished but the ones for Cash For Kids and Willow Wood are an annual, ongoing, thing.


“Everyone brings a toy to the event, for Cash For Kids, and we give a donation from the ticket sales.


“But during the election campaign, I didn’t manage to do any practice. We’ve not been able to gig, have we?


“This will be one of the Ultimate Boyband Experience’s first gigs back.”


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