Bob Geldof announced as headline speaker for The Business Day 2018 in Bridlington
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Mar 2018
Renowned campaigner and founding member of the Boomtown Rats, Sir Bob Geldof, has been announced as headline speaker at East Yorkshire’s The Business Day 2018
Sir Bob Geldof is best known for using his high profile to raise awareness of a wide range of causes, primarily in Africa but more recently speaking out against the mass ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people of North West Burma.
He rose to fame thanks to his music career, which began with The Boomtown Rats in 1975, and is known for the award-winning hit albums and singles he recorded in the band and as a solo artist.
It was during the Ethiopian famine in 1984 that he turned his attention to charity work, organising Band Aid and the fundraising event Live Aid. He received a knighthood in 1986 in recognition of his charity work.
Through his co-ownership of Planet 24, a television production company that launched The Big Breakfast in 1992, he became established as an astute businessman. He also founded Deckchair.com, an online travel agent, and later founded documentary film production company, Ten Alps Communications.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, said: “Sir Bob Geldof is a fantastic addition to our programme of speakers for The Business Day.
“The event is billed as a day of discovery and insight for business people – and who better than Sir Bob to deliver a unique world insight that, I have no doubt, people will be eager to hear.”
Joanna Lumley has apologised for having to withdraw from the event. She said: “I am so sorry not to be joining you for The Business Day event. Due to changes in filming schedules I will now be filming my next documentary, The Silk Road, over the date of the event.
“I hope you all have a wonderful time and again, many apologies that I cannot be with you.”
In response, the venue’s general manager, Andrew Aldis said: “On behalf of the entire team producing The Business Day I’d like to thank Ms. Lumley for her involvement thus far and her very gracious apology. We will, no doubt, be knocking at her door again for a future event.”
The Business Day is an all-day business event which takes place at Bridlington Spa on Friday 8 June 2018.
Tickets are priced at £125 each or £1,000 for 10 and are available online at bridspa.com, via the box office on 01262 678258 or you can discuss your ticket requirements with the event’s dedicated consultant, Chris Higgins on 07553 409008.
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