THE voice of M People, Heather Small, will headline one of the region's biggest fundraising events.

Organisers of the Oyster Festival at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, announced that the singer will entertain guests at the 16th annual event which will be held on September 27.

Comedian Josh Daniels, compere Steve Walls and musical performances from JJ Galway and Emerald Thieves will complete the entertainment line-up.

The Oyster Festival is supported by main sponsor Great Annual Savings and this year’s car sponsor Mill Volvo, and will raise money for the Angel Trust, which supports people in need in Darlington and County Durham.

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“We are delighted to have Heather Small performing this year and I am sure she will put on a fantastic show,” said John Adamson, who owns Hardwick Hall Hotel.

“The Oyster Festival is one of our favourite events of the year and we have some excellent entertainment lined up, all in aid of a good cause.

“The Angel Trust makes a real difference to the lives of people in the region and we hope that support from the festival will help them to continue all of their good work.”

Tickets, priced £150 plus VAT, can be booked on 01740-620253 or by email on events@hardwickhallhotel.co.uk