Forbidden act star in Sheffield show for crash rider Ricky Ashworth

Ricky Ashworth is pictured left and Shane Parker right.
Ricky Ashworth is pictured left and Shane Parker right.
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A heavy metal act banned from a charity gig in Sheffield in an unholy row is to star in an event for the same cause.

Seventh Son hit the headlines when they were forbidden from playing at the Polish Catholic Centre on Ecclesall Road last November as Father Tomasz Wojick feared they would play ‘anti-religious songs.’

Their gig had to be moved to a new venue at the last minute.

Now the band will play to crowds at Sheffield’s Owlerton Stadium by opening a major fundraiser to help former Sheffield Tigers speedway ace Ricky Ashworth, who was injured in a horror crash that left him in a coma for 90 days.

Bri Shaunessy, frontman in the South Yorkshire band, said: “The band that was banned is back.

“We were just gobsmacked at what happened with the gig last year, so we are really pleased to be able to play and help Ricky’s cause.

“We are working on a new album, but it is good to be able to perform live as well.”

The performance is on Sunday, March 22, as part of Ricky’s Big Day, which kicks off the 2015 season at Owlerton Stadium, and will feature riders from across the country in 22 heats as well as family entertainment.

Fans of any sport are also being asked to wear their team kits to celebrate the sporting world pulling together.

Money raised will help to pay for 31-year-old Ricky’s fight back to recovery, as he is still struggling to walk and talk.

It will be used to pay for a ground-floor bedroom and wetroom at his parents’ home in Salford.

Gates open from 3.30pm and tickets, priced £15 for adults, £11 for OAPs and £1 for under-16s, will be available at the turnstiles.