'FAMOUS faces' turned up to raise over £2,000 to keep a sports club running.

Kirkby Stephen Hockey Club hosted a 'Stars in their Eyes' event on Saturday, inviting locals to try out their best impressions of famous performers.

The original event started 20 years ago at the club, with this year featuring five performances from people of ages from 13 to over 70.

Anthea Bowman, fundraising secretary for the club, said: "The total amount raised was a whopping £2,225. 

"This ensures the costs of running the club can be met, and we can offer amazing opportunities for young people right through to adults."

The Westmorland Gazette: Winner Dave Atkinson as Elvis PresleyWinner Dave Atkinson as Elvis Presley (Image: Anthea Bowman)

The event was hosted by Steve Bell - AKA Matthew Belly - who has been involved in the fundraiser since its inception two decades ago.

Jake Bell transformed into Elton John with his rendition of 'I'm Still Standing' warming up the crowd.

This was followed by young Jenson Schug as Noel Gallagher with 'Don't Look Back in Anger', including a live guitar performance.

Samantha Bell then took to the stage with the famous black and white wig as Sia, hitting the high notes of 'Chandelier'.

The Westmorland Gazette: Kieran Williams became Stevie Wonder for the nightKieran Williams became Stevie Wonder for the night (Image: Anthea Bowman)

Then Kieran Williams transformed into the act of Stevie Wonder with 'Superstition' before Dave Atkinson became Elvis Presley and got the crowd going with a rendition of 'Suspicious Minds'.

Whilst voting took place, the guests were treated to a performance from 2022 winners Di and Mick Boustead with their version of 'Sweet Child of Mine'.

Anthea added: "The raffle was announced, with lots of incredible donations from clubs and local businesses, and a sing-song with birthday twins, Julie Ivinson & Sarah Rose, singing with the crowd to 'We Are Family' to celebrate their 50th birthday."

Dave Atkinson was named the winner for his transformation into 'The King' and he returned to the stage with a few more songs.

"The prize money was donated by Kilvington Solicitors Limited, but Dave kindly donated it back to the club," Anthea explained.

They are now planning the next fundraiser, 'KSHC Bashful Bingo', at the Engine Shed on Saturday, February 3 2024.