A MAN was badly injured when violence flared outside a South Yorkshire working men’s club after a concert held to raise cash for Help for Heroes.
The 56-year-old man was left unconscious on the road outside Jump WMC, near Barnsley, after the charity concert - headlined by a band starring Graham Oliver, former frontman of heavy metal band Saxon.
The Grogfest 2011 event also featured several well-known local bands and artists performing from 1pm to 10.30pm.
The injured man, who has not been named but who is said to be local, was taken by ambulance to Barnsley District General Hospital for treatment.
The extent of his injuries are not yet known but concerned onlookers said that he had to be resuscitated.
A 54-year-old local man has been arrested and is helping police with their enquiries.
Local councillor Tim Shepherd said the incident had taken place at around 12.20am yesterday morning.
He said: “It was a very serious incident. Everyone in the area is talking about it. Thankfully it seems he was revived at the hospital.”
One Jump resident said: “There had been some concern about potential problems at the event from noise and police had been asked to keep an eye on it.
“There were two people who got into a fight and one was rushed to hospital. He had to be resuscitated. The other man has been arrested.
“It is tragic given that the event was supposed to be about helping people who have suffered horrendous injuries in war.”
Following the incident police cordoned off the area outside the club and neighbouring houses on Wentworth Road.
Scenes of crime officers then moved in to carry out forensic investigations which went on for most of yesterday.