The Bidding Room - Live Aid T-shirt, Charity Auction for RNLI & Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team
Back in April I filmed Series three of the Bidding Room in Halifax. As a dealer on this programme, we never know what we are going to see until it is filming, it really a surprise for us as we never know what is going to walk in through the door.
Chris told how he bought the t-shirt before the concert and waited outside BBC television studios stage door after the ‘Wogan’ chat show the night before the concert on 12th July 1985, and had the t-shirt signed, not only by Terry Wogan, but by Nik Kershaw and event organiser Bob Geldof.
Bob Geldof, who with Midge Ure has gone down in history as one of the men who’s call to action spawned the charitable ‘Band Aid’ supergroup. Band Aid released the Number 1 Christmas Single of 1984 ‘ Do They Know its Christmas’ which raised over 8 million pounds for the famine in Ethiopia charity.
I was eight at the time of Live Aid and I vividly remember the excitement before the event as we all watched it on our television, it was something anyone who was alive at the time remembers. It is also woven into part of our social history, even people who weren’t born are aware of the Band Aid/Live Aid movement and every Christmas we are reminded of the cause.
Chris came onto the Bidding Room to sell this T-shirt which has hung on the walls of his home for 36 years, his story touched all of the dealers on set, and his motive for selling was to raise funds for two charities that were close to his heart after a series of bereavements in his family – the Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) and Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.
The bidding started with myself, I have some knowledge of how much vintage t-shirts sell for, especially iconic bands from the 80s and 90s, these can often realise over £250 (worn and unsigned) and on this basis I kicked off the bidding. It was a tough bidding war, but I finally won with a winning bid of £500.
“The two organisations do an awful lot for people and don’t get nearly enough recognition. If they help to save a life - whether it is someone who is five or 95 years-old – there is no price in the world that can be put on that” – Chris Weston.