David is well versed

WORD PERFECT: David Lindsay.
WORD PERFECT: David Lindsay.

A SPEN man is hoping fans of verse and poetry will join him in the spotlight to raise money for a good cause.

David Lindsay is hosting Lend Me Your Ears – an evening of verse in Cleckheaton in June in aid of Kirkwood Hospice’s Capital Appeal and is looking for people interested in taking part.

David will be reciting poems at the event and wants other people to take part, whether that means reading or singing their own work or narrating popular verses they like or admire.

“For the last 15 months of so, I have been learning monologues and poems by heart,” said David, 37, who works at Lion Confectionery in Cleckheaton.

“It started as a bit of a silly New Year’s Resolution for 2011 but I found it to be an enjoyable and cheap hobby so I kept it going.

“Having originally aimed for one a week, I have now learned around 100 in total.”

As his 2012 resolution was to raise money for charity, he thought combining the two ideas would be the perfect solution.

He approached Marie Peacock, appeal manager for Kirkwood Hospice, who thought it was a fantastic idea and agreed to help.

Now David, who is a member of the poetry group which meets fortnightly at Cleckheaton Library, is looking for other people to take part – and hopes to have a good mix of poetry, music and monologues.

David’s diverse range of verse he has memorised includes Daffodils by William Wordsworth, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl, In Defence of Hedgehogs by Pam Ayres and Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen.

David, who was a member of Spen Valley Gang Show, hopes the event will bring together people who share a love of verse to raise money for a worthy cause.

Anyone interested in helping David can contact him for more information by email at djlindsay2@aol.com or call 07900 695873.

David already has interest from The Croppers, Morley Folk Club, Cleckheaton Panthers and Cleckheaton Poetry Group.

Lend Us Your Ears is at Cleckheaton Sports Club, Bradford Road, Moorend, on Friday June 22, 2012, from 7.30pm.

All proceeds from the event will go to the hospice’s appeal, which aims to raise £3m to redevelop its in-patient unit to continue provide quality palliative care and support for people in Kirklees and their families.

Tickets for the event cost £4 and are on sale now at Cleckheaton library.

Further details will be available at www.facebook.com/lendusyourears or follow @lendus_yourears on Twitter.