Music mates stick together through difficult times

Members of the country music fraternity in the Limestone Coast and beyond have rallied behind Alby Pool by staging a benefit concert in Millicent on Sunday.

Based near Newcastle in New South Wales, Mr Pool is currently in poor health but his supporters and friends dug deep into their pockets to raise $4500.

The clubrooms were full with a gathering of around 150 and the dance floor was crowded throughout.

Millicent entertainer Allan Webster and his wife Maureen staged the six-hour concert with a dozen guest artists at the Millicent United Soccer Club.

“We did this out of our love and respect for Alby and the funds will assist his various expenses,” Ms Webster said.

“Over the years, Alby and his No City Limits band have performed at the Millicent Community Club and the Rendelsham Community Hall.

“We had people at the fundraiser from as far away as Adelaide and Ballarat.

“All the $25-per-head admission fees will go to Alby as well as the raffle proceeds.

“The soccer club did not charge a fee and all the artists donated their time.”

Among the country music devotees present was Millicent resident Bill Chapman.

“It was a great show,” Mr Chapman said.

Artists on the “Music 4 a Mate” program included Sandra Humphries, Henry Czerwonka, Fiona Holliday, Drew Holliday, Danielle Mowbray Burford, Andrew Phelan and Kevin Sporer.

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