A LOCAL pub has raised more than £1,500 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham through a night of music and entertainment.

The Old Courthouse in Cove Road, Farnborough, put on a night to remember with the band Fat Cat Country playing tracks from their new album to a packed function room.

Pub regular Trevor Dives organised local people and businesses to donate raffle prizes as part of the evening in aid of the hospice, where his wife receives treatment.

He received a huge response, with a total of 26 prizes including a mobile telephone from Motorola, Sainsbury’s vouchers, teddy bears from Debenhams and a mini hamper from Safeways.

Three days before the event, Mark Lathan from Quality Entertainments in Farnborough booked Shaun Williamson aka the hapless Barry Evans from the popular TV soap EastEnders.

He followed the band’s first performance of Seventies and Eighties classics, with a cabaret act, where he told a series of jokes and anecdotes before singing five songs to the audience.

Mr Lathan said: “The evening was a real success and special thanks has to go to Trevor and Phil (from the Fat Cat Country band) for without them, the night wouldn’t have happened at all.”