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A CHARITY football match in Portishead – featuring members of the award-winning band which shares its name with the town – will kick off next month.
Last year members from the band Portishead and fundraising organisation Kicking out for Kids organised the match to raise money for Children's Hospice South West and Portishead Town Football Club.
Celebrities from the world of music, TV and sport, including Daddy G from Massive Attack, former Bristol Rover boss Paul Trollope and Roni Size were recruited by Portishead founder member Geoff Barrow, who grew up in the town before going on to worldwide fame with the band.
The charity match was a great success with a massive turnout and raised thousands of pounds for Children's Hospice South West and the football club, which was in need of funds after having thousands of pounds stolen in a burglary.
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This year organisers have decided to do it all again and another all-star celebrity line up is set to do battle with Portishead Jurassic Sparks veterans team on September 2.
Last year the celebrities lost to the home team and are keen to even the score.
Names already lined up include Geoff Barrow himself, Roni Size and Ian Matthews from the band Kasabian.
Team GB member Imogen Cairns, pictured, from Portishead, who competed in Gymnastics at this year's Olympics, will officially kick off the game at 2.30pm.
Many other celebrity surprises are also planned for the day.
Last year Kelsey Grammer, star of the hit US TV show Frasier, made an appearance and organisers are confident this year will be equally showbiz. Both teams have their very own celebrity manager from the footballing world – both of whom will be giving their team top tips for success and will be supporting from the touchlines.
Geoff said: "After the huge success of last year's match we can't wait to take up the challenge of playing Jurassic Sparks again.
"Plus it's a pleasure to support Portishead Town Football Club and the truly brilliant work of Children's Hospice South West in Wraxall."
Portishead Town FC spokesman Bob Parsons said: "Last year saw one of the best ever attendances at the club. Over 1,000 people supported the game and raised money for the charity and the club itself.
"This year's match promises to be a tough game as I get the feeling Geoff's special guests are looking for revenge after last year's defeat."
As well as the football match itself there will be a host of other attractions to enjoy on the day including a raffle and auction which will include prizes from the world of music and sport.
One of the prizes already lined up is a signed ukulele from Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran.
The match kicks off at 2.30pm at Portishead Town Football Club, on Bristol Road.
Gates open at noon and admission is £2 for adults.
Children under 12 are free.
All proceeds from the day will again go to Children's Hospice South West and Portishead Town Football Club.
For more information go to www.kickingoutforkids.org.uk.