Rabbit star Chas is to play show in Belper

chas 'n' grace: Grace Robinson and Simon Cooper have organised a charity night in Belper with one half of the Cockney rock duo Chas 'n' Dave.
chas 'n' grace: Grace Robinson and Simon Cooper have organised a charity night in Belper with one half of the Cockney rock duo Chas 'n' Dave.

ONE HALF of the Cockney rock double-act Chas ‘n’ Dave is coming to Belper for a charity gig.

The Belper Cockney Night will raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and takes place at the Queen’s Head, in April, and will feature Charles “Chas” Hodges.

The event has been organised by Grace Robinson and her boyfriend Simon Cooper, in honour of Grace’s mum Annette, a keen fundraiser for the charity who died four years ago.

Grace, 20, and originally from Belper, said: ““My mum did a lot of fundraising for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and I wanted to carry it on.”

Chas ‘n’ Dave scored hits with “Ain’t No Pleasing You”, “Gertcha” and “Rabbit” as well as “Snooker Loopy” and four FA Cup final singles for Tottenham Hotspur.

The pair played the Glastonbury Festival in 2005.

Dave Peacock retired in 2009, and Chas has continued performing with his own group ever since.

Simon, 29, from Enfield, London, said: “I am a professional drummer and I regularly play drums with Chas and his band, so after speaking with Chas, he was more than happy to help support this event.”

The pair hope to raise £1,000 for the pioneering charity which is dedicated to saving lives by finding the causes of breast cancer, improving detection, diagnosis, treatment and services.

On the night there will also be a support act Back To Square One and Grace’s dad Nick Robinson will be doing a “Cockney Disco”.

In addition there will be a “Naff Raffle” which was originally invented by Annette.

After moving to London one year ago to live with Simon and his family Grace decided to do a “London” themed event.

Simon and Grace are both fans of ‘old music’ and met in the front row of a gig by veteran rockers Status Quo in Zurich three years ago.

Simon has been been to see them 150 times, while Grace is lagging with a mere 40 gigs!

The event takes place at the Queen’s Head, Chesterfield Road, April 7, starting at 8pm.

Tickets are £15 in advance or £20 on the door.

They are available at the Queen’s Head or online at www.belpercockneynight.co.uk