Review: B in the Bear

The Joe Mangles in their infamous hawaiian shirts on stage at B in the Bear
The Joe Mangles in their infamous hawaiian shirts on stage at B in the Bear

Bank Holiday revellers once again rocked out in the name of charity at annual fundraiser B in the Bear last week.

As like every year, there were plenty of local music acts and fans keen to get involved which made for a brilliant day.

The day opened with an acoustic set by Stephen Coulthard, who kindly stepped in at last minute, to entertain with numbers from The Jam and The Clash.

Next up to the mic ,Roger West and Point Blank were on fire as always performing classic rock numbers that had everyone playing air guitar, Roger and the guys have supported the event many times and are sure to be invited back in future years.

Robert Knox & Wize were up next and they got everyone suitably warmed up with their own songs and gave the crowd some cheeky banter – great lads!

Making their debut at B in the Bear were The Risky Numbers with frontwoman Emma Hollywell getting the crowd singing along with numbers like Valerie.

Then, the much awaited The Joe Mangels took centre stage in their inimitable style of loud shirts and loud, fast classics including ‘Oh Yi Canny Shove your Granny off a Bus’!

As darkness crept in the mighty We Were Kings took to the stage, Jim’s vocals strong and proud as ever.

His passion shines through as he sings, with the guys in the band beside him;they make people sit up and pay attention. Jim has been at every B in the Bear and his support has been unending and unconditional.

The job of closing B in the Bear 2014 was placed on the shoulders of debutants The Guilty Pleasures- who quickly had the crowd dancing to numbers like Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’and B52’s ‘Loveshack’.

Eventually after much table dancing and some impressive twerking by a certain ‘recently married’ member of The Joe Mangels the end was nigh.

Everyone left after a fab day of music and fun, helping the Berwick and District Cancer Support Group raise a total of £1600. They now look forward to bringing you B in the Bear 2015.