MUSICIANS from across the country will be joining North Devon bands at a two-day charity gig in Ilfracombe next week to take a stand against the loss of innocence. On Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 the Marlboro Club will be staging the first

MUSICIANS from across the country will be joining North Devon bands at a two-day charity gig in Ilfracombe next week to take a stand against the loss of innocence.On Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 the Marlboro Club will be staging the first ever gig in England to support a hard-hitting worldwide campaign called Rock Against Pornography - and help abused youngsters right here in North Devon at the same time.Ten bands will perform during the weekend and every penny raised from the modest £2 entrance fee or collections will go to the NSPCC to run a North Devon hotline for abused children to turn to.All 10 have agreed to perform for free and organiser Ray Williams is hoping to raise at least £2,000 from the event.MTV Germany is involved, as is local radio station Lantern FM.On Friday, local bands The Chillis, Masdevallia and The Yum Yums will be joined by Along The Line of Ruin from Wales plus Justin Credible and the Droogs from Plymouth.On Saturday Narkan from Essex will play alongside local bands Mendella plus Crystal Arcade, Sternkin from Germany, and El-Coda from Totnes. "We always do a few charity events, but the children are our future and something has to be done about this evil problem," said Ray."Apart from raising money for the local abuse hotline, this is also about raising awareness of the problem, which is getting worse. I have children and anyone who does will relate to this."And since I made the offer, there are venues around the country queuing up to hold gigs for the charity, but we kicked it off here in Ilfracombe."Rock Against Child Pornography uses unpaid volunteers who try to raise money and highlight a problem which, with the introduction of the Internet, is threatening to become an epidemic.It is hoped as many people as possible will support the Marlboro Club events, but anyone who can't make it is welcome to make a donation by calling in at the club, or calling Ray on 07854 190177.