Fans support music veteran’s unusual gig request

Fans of Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook have shown support for the veteran singer-songwriter in a most unusual way.

They’ve turned up to his gigs armed with tins and boxes of food.

Tilbrook, best known for singing hits such as Cool for Cats and Take Me I’m Yours, requested the donations, which were then passed on to local foodbanks.

The initiative was in support of the Trussell Trust, the non-government organisation that runs a network of 420 foodbanks across the UK. In 2017/18 it gave out more than 1.3 million food packs to people in crisis – up 13% on the previous year.

“It’s shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table,” says Tilbrook, who performed at the Union Chapel in London on Saturday and also donated profits from his tour merch sales to the trust.

“Anyone, from any walk of life, can fall upon dire times. Most of us can do something to help – be it giving some food or a little money.”

Tilbrook’s initiative seems to have struck a chord with his fans, who generously donated supplies. At The Stables theatre in Milton Keynes, for example, 84kgs of food was donated.

Tilbrook has a bit of a track record as a social campaigner. Back in 2016 he caused a stir by changing the lyrics to the Squeeze song Cradle To The Grave when performing it on the Andrew Marr Show in front of then Prime Minister David Cameron.

 

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