Party will generate a little Christmas cheer for those in need

Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre is staging a Christmas party with a difference next week …. with £2 from every ticket sold going to support a local foodbank.

Popular seven-piece Cumbrian outfit Soul Junction will be bringing the best of Soul and Motown to the Kirkgate’s end of year party on Saturday, December 16 (8pm).

And for the third year running, a contribution from ticket sales will be going to the North Lakes Foodbank, which operates six centres across the former localities of Allerdale and Copeland, including one in Cockermouth.

Kirkgate Operations Manager Katie Gentry said: “A couple of years back, we decided we needed an event with a party feel to get us in the mood for Christmas.

“It’s become a bit of a tradition, and this year we’ve invited Soul Junction along to get everyone on their feet and have a dance as well as raise money for the North Lakes Foodbank. That means that £2 from every ticket sold will go directly towards helping a local family in need of support. What better way to celebrate the festive season?”

North Lakes Foodbank Manager Fiona Kerr said: “We are very grateful that the Kirkgate Centre are once again supporting us with the ticket contribution scheme.

“Donations received will go towards supporting people in crisis in communities across West Cumbria, both with food parcels and help from support services.”

Based in Penrith, Soul Junction performs all over the North of England and Scotland and is a firm festival favourite, with many main stage appearances. The high energy set includes songs by all the best Soul and Motown performers.

Tickets are just £12 and can be booked online at For the full range of upcoming events and films at the Kirkgate, check out Events Archive – Kirkgate Arts and Heritage

* North Lakes Foodbank’s other centres are in Maryport, Wigton and Workington, Whitehaven and Egremont. In order to get help from the Foodbank, you will need to be referred with a voucher. The referral system ensures you are provided with the right help and support for you. Contact Help Through Hardship, the national Citizens Advice helpline, on 0808 208 2138.


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Kirkgate is a charity based in Cockermouth, Cumbria. It operates an arts and heritage centre as well as working with towns and villages in West Cumbria to encourage a diverse programme of arts, culture and entertainment. Its vision is to ensure that creative talent is valued, developed and supported with opportunities for all to engage actively with, and enjoy, the arts, local heritage and community life.

The Kirkgate Centre brings the best cultural, theatrical and entertainment events to Cumbria. From the best feature and documentary films to live streaming of top London shows, to local talent, heritage exhibitions, music, theatre, comedy and more, there is something for everyone.

In the historic Kirkgate Quarter of the Gem Town of Cockermouth, sitting on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the Kirkgate Centre is the perfect venue for special occasions, conferences, meetings, courses, exhibitions or private film screenings.

Kirkgate manages Arts Out West which stages performances in community venues from Furness to the Solway, ranging from nationally-recognised theatre companies to international musicians with events that are as much a social occasion as a performance. It is a member of the National Rural Touring Forum supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.

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For more information:

Emma Heys 01900 829966

The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ