A WAVE of punk music hit Leigh on Saturday in aid of a campaign to get a memorial statue of late Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley installed in his hometown.

Four bands set up in the 70s; Fast Cars, The Drones, Notsensibles and The Distractions, as well as Benefit State, played at the gig at St Joseph's Hall.

Award-winning Salford urban poet Simon Williams compered at the sell-out gig, which attracted around 200 people, and performed between each band's set.

He also led an auction, which saw signed memorabilia from the Buzzcocks, the Stereophonics, The Drones, Notsensibles and Fast Cars go under the hammer.

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The Notsensibles

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The Drones entertain the crowd

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The Distractions

Co-founder of the Pete Shelley Memorial Campaign Paul Lally said: "It was amazing to see the bands that impacted the punk scene in the late 70s together on one stage.

"It just goes to show what an incredible inspirational man Pete Shelley was.

"We had overwhelming support from the community of Leigh.

"I have been quite taken aback by the support at this event and the many handshakes and thanks we got on the night which was incredibly heartwarming."

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Benefit State

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A Buzzcocks shirt being auctioned off

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Spectators at the gig

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Paul met people who had travelled as far afield as Edinburgh, Brighton, Nottingham, Derby, Stoke, Leeds, Wakefield, Banbury and Bristol.

Paul said: "Pete Shelley was one of my heroes during my youth and played an important part in my life.

"He always was and will continue to be one of my all time favourite songwriters and musicians.

"I am incredibly proud that I share my hometown with him.

"A fitting tribute by way of a permanent memorial of Pete in Leigh is our aim and we are passionate and dedicated to ensure that it happens.

"I would like to give a big thank you to the community of Leigh for the continued support of the Pete Shelley Memorial Campaign."

Wigan borough mayor, Cllr Steve Dawber, also showed his support at the gig.

Pictures: Steve White