Sir Bob Geldof visits Bridlington for The Business Day event

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jun 2018

Sir Bob Geldof has revealed he would one day like to perform in Bridlington, as he also praised the new Hull Venue.

The legendary musician, campaigner and entrepreneur admitted he could not remember if he had ever played in the East Yorkshire town before, but said he was impressed by The Spa and would like to perform at the venue in the future.

Sir Bob travelled to Bridlington on Friday, June 8 for The Business Day – the culmination of the Humber Business Week.

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Speaking to Hull Live, the lead singer of The Boomtown Rats said: “I have played on some of the largest stages in the world, but I also really like performing in small venues.

“I can’t remember if I have ever played here before, but I would like to in the future.”

When asked about the new Hull Venue, and whether he would be tempted to make a visit to the city, Sir Bob said he had heard about the new facility, and liked it.

Having spoken at an event in London on Friday morning, Sir Bob arrived in Bridlington for The Business Day by helicopter.

He addressed a packed out crowd inside the theatre at Bridlington Spa for an hour, on issues surrounding Brexit, globalisation and the role entrepreneurs can play in helping the region move forwards.

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Speaking about his childhood and upbringing in Ireland, the anti-poverty campaigner said: “My mum died when I was seven or eight, and my dad would spend a week away at a time with work, so my two sisters and I were just left to our own devices.

“We had food on the table, and we had clothes and went to school, but we did not have a lot of money.

“It was c**p, but it was not self-pity. You get on with it. We had no fridge and no phone, but neither did a lot of people.”

Sir Bob was on top form at Bridlington Spa, as he described the current government as “incompetent” and mocked US President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ vision.

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He also spoke to Hull Live after his talk about the possibility of a second Brexit vote, as many have called for a fresh referendum.

Sir Bob said: “We have a democracy here, and the argument for a new referendum is largely around people saying ‘I don’t like what I see, I want a change.’

“It is a very complex issue, but people have always changed their minds. We have one government in for so many years, then people change their mind and it goes the other way.

“I think what we could have is a vote on the Brexit deal.”

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