A ROLLING Stones tribute act brought the house down during a concert in aid of St Luke's Hospice.
The band, The Rollin Stoned, hit the stage and wowed the crowd at Harrow Arts Centre on Saturday August 21 as if the rock legends were there themselves.
Organiser Jayn Lee Miller, a journalist and teacher of psychic subjects from Wellington Terrace, Harrow on the Hill, said: "It was really good. It was a two-hour show with all the most popular Rolling Stones hits, right from the early years. The band were all in authentic costumes with authentic instruments, and one of the highlights was the ghost of Brian Jones appearing in the form of an angel."
She continued: "The event was held to raise money for St Luke's Hospice because the band's road manager Dennis Weymouth passed away there in October last year. Dennis' three sons, Adrian, Gary and Trevor, all attended with their partners, as did the nurse, Maggie, who nursed Dennis up to his passing. I had a friend who passed there so it was close to my heart as well.
"I'm a friend of the band and I sing with them sometimes as a backing singer on 'Gimme Shelter'."
On the night an autographed photographer of The Rolling Stones was auctioned off.
"Keith Retched, who is such a good lookalike that even Keith Richards' own daughter once thought it was her father on stage, has made a painting of Keith and wants to auction it for St Luke's as well."
As much as the concert was fun, the event was unfortunately dogged by bad luck and did not make as much money as Ms Miller would have liked for the hospice.
Publicity was hampered when mindless thieves stole a banner advertising the concert the very same day it was attached to railings outside the arts centre in Uxbridge Road, and Ms Miller had to dip into the proceeds to fork out for a replacement.
Furthermore, the box office was closed on the day of the concert and customers wishing to buy tickets through the arts centre's website were met with a message mistakenly saying it had sold out.
"The band were as fantastic as always and we would have liked to have done again," said Ms Miller. "It was our intention to arrange it for next October, the month when Dennis died. If people want to make a donation or bid for Keith Retched's art, they can call me on 0208 422 9308 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org."