A day of information, comedy and music is set to celebrate International Men’s Day in Northampton on Friday 22 November.
Celebrations begin at The Guildhall between 4pm and 6pm, where health organisations and support agencies will be joined by local producers at a market stall styled event. As well as providing information and advice to visitors, the event will also give people a chance to pick up a variety of local produce such as beer, cider and snacks.
Organisations confirmed to take part in the event include The Grey Dogs Trust, I Did Adventure, The Lewis Foundation, Northampton Mind, Ngage, Northampton Leisure Trust, Northampton Town Football Club and the Frank Bruno Society.
At 5.30pm the Mayor of Northampton will take to the stage to announce the winner of this year’s Male Role Model of the Year Award. The winner will be chosen from five shortlisted nominees.
Then at 7pm, The Charles Bradlaugh pub will host a music and comedy fundraiser in aid of The Grey Dog Trust, a national charity providing mental health support to young people and schools.
A local acoustic duo will provide a musical opening to the evening and Comedy Crate’s Edd Hedges and Ross Smith will follow at 8pm to offer numerous laughs out loud. The music headliners of the night are Jono and the Uke dealers, who will take to the stage at 9.30pm allowing attendees to dance the night away until the close of the event at 11pm.
A spokesperson for Northampton Borough Council said: “International Men’s Day is an extremely important awareness day and every year we work with the local community to find new ways of reaching out to more and more people.
“We’re pleased to be offering two very different events on 22 November. One focused on providing information and support as well as celebrating our local unsung heroes. The other, reaching out through music and comedy to break the stigma of mental health and support The Grey Dog Trust.
“We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at both events, which are open to everyone.”
Tickets for the event can be pre-booked for £7 each at http://www.eventbrite.co.
A limited number of tickets will be available on the door and will cost £10 each.