Four Shades of Grey come together for charity gig

Michael Bottomley, David Ashworth, Graham Cockett and Malcolm Bateson got together as Four Shades of Grey (s)
Michael Bottomley, David Ashworth, Graham Cockett and Malcolm Bateson got together as Four Shades of Grey (s)

Step aside Christian Grey; there are four Pendle blokes on your heels and they’re kind hearted souls to boot.

Four Shades of Grey - a play on the popular 50 Shades of Grey book and film series – is a band made up of four retired Pendle men who have a wealth of musical pedigree between them.

Michael Bottomley, David Ashworth, Graham Cockett and Malcolm Bateson got together as Four Shades of Grey to enjoy playing music from across the decades, while at the same time raising money for Pendleside Hospice.

The gig in Blacko raised a four figure sum for the hospice leaving the quartet delighted with the result.

Graham said: “We all loved being part of a band and thought we’d have a one night only revival at the Moorcock.

“Following a practice session among family and friends, we sold tickets for the event and were thrilled to see the pub full to the rafters, but more so that we managed to raise £1,155.82 for the hospice on the night.”

Members of the band have a long local musical history including Switch, Ford Sound, The Manhattans and The Levellers and all have performed with each other under various guises throughout the years.

David said: “We never expected the reception we received and we are now being booked for further events, which is very humbling and shows that we’ve still got it; even in our ageing years!

“Raising so much for the local Pendleside Hospice was fantastic and we’d like to thank everyone who supported us for doing their bit to help raise the final total.”