FORMER Lindisfarne frontman Ray Jackson is to revive the band’s famous Christmas show.

The singer, harmonica and mandolin player, who was a large part of the 1970s band’s sound, will take to the stage at the closure-threatened Newcastle City Hall on Monday, December 23.

He will perform much-loved songs such as Lady Eleanor, We Can Swing Together, Fog on the Tyne and Run for Home from the band’s heyday.

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The concert, being promoted by the band’s former manager Barry McKay, is part of a drive to save the venue from being axed in Newcastle City Council spending cuts.

Jackson, who was part of the original and Mk2 Lindisfarne line-ups, left the music business 20 years ago and is now a painter based in Oxfordshire.

In recent years he has returned to performing with folk super-group The Gathering.

Last year he performed outside City Hall when a blue plaque was unveiled to honour Lindisfarne’s creative driving force Alan Hull, who died in 1995. Lindisfarne’s Christmas shows were a popular annual event for many years and were captured for some of the band’s live albums.

Jackson said: “A huge effort will go into this event and into ensuring that the audience enjoy the wonderful Newcastle City Hall Christmas Show party atmosphere.

“When I heard that the future of the City Hall was uncertain, I realised how much I wanted to do this just one more time for the original Lindisfarne fans and their children and perhaps even their grandchildren."

Tickets cost £20, £30 and £40 and are available from the box office on 0191-277 8030 from 9am tomorrow (Wednesday, February 6).