The 90-year-old former drummer for Bill Haley and His Comets joins a new band, The Ready Rockers, to perform a benefit concert on Tuesday in Ocean City.The concert helps a scholarship fund named in memory of his daughter.Dick Richards of Comets fame will take the stage at the Moorlyn Family Theatre with Walter “Wally” Bucks and Tom Gargan. The band will play hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.The Betsy Young Memorial Fund sponsors the concert, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Moorlyn, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace (between Eighth and Ninth streets).Opening act is the Brandon Ireland Band, and local band Diamonds & Rust will play perform an intermission set.Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org and also the day of the event until 6 p.m.The Betsy Young Memorial Fund is named for Richards’ daughter, a beloved Ocean City Intermediate School music teacher, who died of cancer in 2011.
RAPIDLY expanding bakery supplier Country Style Foods has bought the former Schwan Global Cake Company frozen desserts factory in Bridlington, which was closed last month.Leeds-based Country Style said it had no immediate plans to re-open the site, following its asset purchase from administrators. Chairman Tony Wood said in a statement: “It is the widely held view, that in the light of fierce competition and over capacity in the industry any attempt to revive a viable frozen desserts business on the site would be unrealistic.”But the company believes the 240,000sq ft Bridlington site, which formerly employed 200 people, does have long-term development potential.It is “enthusiastic” about the possibility of developing the site to meet the future demands of its business and, in due course, creating employment opportunities at the site.County Style Foods, a family business, operates plants in Leeds and Grimsby, as well as the former Hibernia Foods plant in Stockton. It also owns the former Hibernia Foods site in Peterlee, Country Durham, which is currently unused.It produces own-label part-baked breads, patisserie and doughnuts, as well as roulades, speciality breads, bagels, croissants and pizza bases.