The Housemartins and Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton plans free Sheffield show for care workers

Paul Heaton, the former frontman of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, has announced a free concert for care workers in Sheffield.

Saturday, 25th April 2020, 2:54 pm

Paul, who grew up in the city, will perform at Sheffield City Hall alongside his collaborator and former Beautiful South vocalist Jacqui Abbott on Wednesday, October 28.

Those eligible for tickets include all care home staff working in council or private care homes that are members of Unison of the GMB Unions. Eligible staff members are allowed to reserve a ticket for one guest each.

A post on Paul’s Twitter page said he and Jacquie were “delighted” to announce the concert in recognition of the “incredible bravery” of care workers in Sheffield.

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Heaton and Abbott’s latest album, Manchester Calling, shot to number one in the UK albums chart upon its release last month, and the pair have already announced several free concerts across the country for NHS staff.

Tickets will be available from 7pm on Tuesday 28 April.

Applications can only be made by trade union members who work in social care or care homes. Ticket holders must bring their membership cards to the show and their names must match those on the tickets. Guests must enter at the same time.

The ticket link will be emailed to eligible union members from today (24 April) and over the weekend.

Paul, a well-known Sheffield United fan, shot to fame with The Housemartins in the 1980s with songs such as Caravan of Love and Happy Hour, before enjoying huge success with Beautiful South from 1988 until 2007.