22 April 2022. £500 proceeds from this event were given to the Purple Community Fund working in The Philippines. I spent three weeks there in July/August 2019 working alongside some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Asia, many of whom live on one of the largest rubbish dumps in the world.

This was the review of the gig posted in the Billericay Gazette https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/gig-review-the-lindisfarne-story-50-years-of-fog-at-billericays-emmanuel-church/

I’ve always been a great fan of Lindisfarne. I pretty much have all of their albums and have seen them several times over the years and, even though they are Newcastle boys, I’ll forgive them on this occasion. 

How fabulous that I’m able to present two living legends from one of my favourite bands to perform The Lindisfarne Story: 50 Years of Fog! in Billericay on Wednesday 6 April 2022 at 7.30 pm.

TICKETS Adults £20.00 plus fees. You can purchase tickets by clicking below:




Ray Laidlaw (L) and Billy Mitchell (R) (Photo John MIllard)

RAY LAIDLAW and BILLY MITCHELL present a joyful, funny and emotional celebration of Tyneside’s favourite band, featuring acoustic performances of LADY ELEANOR, MEET ME ON THE CORNER, FOG ON THE TYNE, RUN FOR HOME and more!

When Alan Hull, Rod Clements, Ray Jackson, Simon Cowe & Ray Laidlaw exploded onto the UK music scene in 1970, their sparkling songwriting quickly established the band as the standard-bearers for acoustic-based rock, cutting through the prevailing pop and glam sounds of the 70’s.

International success followed, and thanks to a string of unforgettable songs including Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On the Corner, Fog On the Tyne and Run For Home, Lindisfarne’s music continues to be heard on the radio today.

If you enjoyed Sam fender’s touching tribute to Alan Hull and Lindisfarne on BBC4, this should be right up your street as will this interview with Ray by Graham Clark. 

In this unique show, Ray & Billy perform all those great songs and more, in two sets, and share first-hand the story of the band behind them with video clips, tall tales and… scurrilous gossip! 

A fantastic night with The Lindisfarne Story. There are so many words to describe the show and you will feel many emotions with it. It is a real insight into the history of the band and the talented individuals that have forged many fantastic songs over five decades. It really is very special. Catch it before it’s gone.

From Whitley Bay to ‘Frisco Bay: The Lindisfarne Story. Don’t miss it.

We have seen the Lindisfarne Story many times before and always had a fabulous time. Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw are fabulous performers who will entertain you from the moment they walk on stage. This is a rare opportunity to see them in the South so it has to be done!

Sharon Austin


PROCEEDS From this event will be given to the Purple Community Fund working in The Philippines. I spent three weeks there in July/August 2019 working alongside some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Asia, many of whom live on the largest rubbish dump in the world.

SCHEDULE Doors at 18.30. Start at 19.30 Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval).

COVID 19 Please note that ticket holders will be required to comply with the latest government Covid-19 guidance at the time of the event.

GENERAL SEATING Emmanuel Church is theatre style with excellent views ‘in the round’ – seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

HOW TO FIND US Emmanuel is a 10 minute walk from Billericay station (which is 25 mins from Liverpool Street). We are also only 5 mins off the A127 and about 10 mins off the A12. Postcode CM12 9LD.

CAR PARKING There is parking for about 70 cars on site – additional parking can be found on the High Street and behind Iceland (which is only a 5 mins walk from Emmanuel).

BAR There will be a reasonably priced bar provided by my friends from Billericay Brewery (a local microbrewery) in the church hall. No drinks, apart from water, however, will be allowed in the church itself.

PLEASE NOTE This is a listening event! Be sure to read Shhh … there’s a band playing!

CONTACT E paul@revpacman.com / T revpacman / FB facebook.com/revpacman1 W revpacman.com


Alan Hull & Lindisfarne: Major new BBC Four documentary!

In a much-anticipated BBC documentary, Brit award-winner Sam Fender goes on a journey of discovery to find the real ALAN HULL story.

Directed by Geoff Wonfor and Ged Clarke, and produced by Ray Laidlaw, the programme features archive footage and interviews with his former bandmates Ray Jackson, Rod Clements & Ray Laidlaw, along with contributions from Sting, The Unthanks, Elvis Costello, Kay Greyson, Mark Knopfler and more …

Watch now on the BBC iPlayer

This article was in the Billericay & Wickford Gazette on 2 February. Unfortunately I wasn’t contacted for a quote. Surely, ‘Mackem invites Geordies’ would have been a story in itself!