TWO Hexham businesses are supporting a charity event in memory of football legend Ray Kennedy.

Northumberland-born Ray, who played for Arsenal, Liverpool and England, died in November last year at the age of 70.

He had fought a 37-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

On Saturday (June 25), a fundraising event in his memory will take place at Seaton Terrace Social Club.

The event will include live music, a disco and a raffle, with prizes including VIP tickets in the Director's box at Liverpool FC. All proceeds will go to Parkinson's UK.

Pupils at Studio K Dance at Hexham, owned by Kay Sams, will perform a surprise flash mob dance. All the dancers will wear t-shirts donated by Parkinson's UK.

Ray's brother Michael, who will open the dance, said: "I know Kay from a previous event I organised, and when I approached her she immediately said yes.

"Kay has been fantastic in her support and I am so grateful she has agreed to do this for me and my family."

Alistair Weir of Tyne Valley Coaches has also agreed to provide a coach free of charge to transport the dancers to and from Hexham.

Michael said he was also very grateful for his support.

"He [Alistair] was delighted to help," he said.

Michael said their local pizza shop has donated pizza for the youngsters after they perform the routine, while one of his friends has provided goody bags.

"It's a long way to come for them," said Michael. "The least we can do is look after them while they're here."

Ray, who was born in Seaton Delaval, won three European Cups and five league titles with Liverpool, whom he joined from Arsenal in 1974 having done the league and FA Cup double with the Gunners three years earlier.

To donate to Parkinson's UK in Ray's memory, visit