Music star dancer Bez set for town’s first frack meet

Bez, of Happy Mondays fame, with Cheryl Atkinson of Fleetwood.
Bez, of Happy Mondays fame, with Cheryl Atkinson of Fleetwood.

Fleetwood’s first ever meeting on the fracking issue is set to be joined by a legend of the British music scene tonight.

Bez, who made his name as the iconic dancer with alternative rock band the Happy Mondays, is expected to speak at the meeting.

The Salford-born star, who plans to stand for parliament, has become a vocal opponent of fracking and has addressed meetings across the country.

He will join Fleetwood residents at the public session, which takes place at The Steamer pub, on Queens Terrace, from 7pm.

The session has been 
organised by the newly-formed Fleetwood Folk Say No Fracking (FFS No Fracking).

Members are worried about fracking, a process which involves hydraulically fracturing rock deep underground and pumping chemicals and water into the shale to extract natural gas.

Explorative fracking sessions have been held in nearby Fylde and were linked to tremors felt in Poulton in 2011.

Bex Fitton, one of the group’s founders, said: “It’s been a very positive few days as we got out and about delivering information about the meeting. We had lots of intelligent questions and a genuine interest by the people of Fleetwood to find out more tonight.”

Bez, also known as Mark Berry, said: “The Barton Moss Camp and Salford support the Fleetwood Folk Say No Fracking group and are standing with them. I’m looking forward to meeting everybody and getting the truth about fracking out.”

His involvement came about when Fleetwood 
photographer Cheryl 
Atkinson was introduced to him at the beginning of his electoral campaign. Cheryl has since been 
appointed as a member of Bez’s steering committee.

She said: “I invited Bez to this first meeting of Fleetwood’s anti-fracking group as I am aware of how urgent it is that we get informed before this goes any further. I visited the protest camp in Balcombe, Sussex, last year as well as Barton Moss this week, and have nothing but respect for those giving so much of their time and energy to help stop this.”