Stars are set to shine for the Hawley Arms

NOEL Fielding is one of a host of celebrities performing at a gig on thursday night in honour of the burned-out Hawley Arms. The Mighty Boosh comic will compere the evening of live music at Dingwalls in Camden Lock in support of the pub, severely damaged in the fi

NOEL Fielding is one of a host of celebrities performing at a gig tonight in honour of the burned-out Hawley Arms.

The Mighty Boosh comic will compere the evening of live music at Dingwalls in Camden Lock in support of the pub, severely damaged in the fire in February.

Performers include Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell's group Helsinki and band This Year's Model, as well as the drummer from Dirty Pretty Things and two up-and-coming-musicians who used to work at the Hawley - Captain Black and Sam McCarthy.

Josie Naughton, who worked at the Hawley and now works at the pub's music venue, the Wilmington Arms, said: "We have been shut for six months and we are still waiting to get planning permission to rebuild, so we wanted this event to show people we are still here and keep people aware of us.

"We also wanted to keep the council aware of how much it means to everyone. All the people taking part were all Hawley customers.

"Everyone has been so supportive and people are always saying how much they miss it and asking when we will re-open.''