ONLINE friends who connected during lockdown will meet up in person for a summer party — and everyone is invited.
The grounds of Groves Social Club at Conisbrough will play host to the musical event on June 26, which has been organised by fundraiser Claire Abrahams to celebrate the links made by a group set up at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Claire, of Swinton, said: “My friend started a group called Locals on Facebook during the first lockdown for people to come together and it got up to 5,000 members.
“DJs who were not getting any work could just come on our page and play.
“We had one guy contacted who could not even walk through his front door, and now he's DJing, live our site and has started going back outdoors as well.
“We've had a lot of messages from people saying they have loved the group and could not have got through lockdown without it.
“So we said when lockdown was over, we would put on an event and get everyone together — and a couple of the DJs said they would like to play and make it a charity event, so we decided to do that.
“Everybody is welcome, and it's our way of saying thank you to everybody for their sense of community.”
A collection will be made, with proceeds going to the Firefly charity and Treetops, a facility for families of patients at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Claire said one of the DJs who started the group, had played on the site and was looking forward to the live gig later this month was Damien Lancaster, who was born and bred in Conisbrough, and he has played major clubs like Ministry of Sound.
The free-admission event at Groves Social Club, in Maple Grove, will start at 1pm and will feature sets from six DJs, stalls, food outlets and fairground rides.