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Last Updated: Monday, 24 January, 2005, 16:25 GMT
Tsunami gig auction to raise more
Paul Sergeant

The tsunami aid concert in Cardiff is to continue to raise money with an auction of backstage items.

A board painted with the show's logo and signed by all 20 performers is among memorabilia going on sale on Wednesday.

CDs and DVDs of the seven-hour concert at the Millennium Stadium could also be released to add to the 1.25m raised on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the arena's pitch is ready to be relaid for the Six Nations.

Stadium manager Paul Sergeant said that the concert, featuring Eric Clapton, Feeder, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Aled Jones and a live audience of 61,000, had gone off "without a hitch".

It was a fantastic day for the whole of Wales
Concert organiser Paul Sergeant
Millions more joined in by watching on TV and online, and by listening on the radio.

The show finished with all the day's performers gathering on stage to sing a rendition of Shake, Rattle and Roll accompanied by Clapton and Jools Holland.

"It was a fantastic event and, most importantly, we smashed the target we set ourselves in the amount of money we raised.

"I spent a lot of time walking out among the crowd, round the audience, and they were having such a ball," he said.

"They took the event for what it was, they came along to be entertained and they enjoyed everyone from Katherine Jenkins at the beginning of the show to Eric Clapton at the end.

"It was such a fantastic day for the whole of Wales."

Stars of the Millennium Stadium Tsunami Relief Concert
All the performers gathered on stage for the concert's finale
An update on the total raised by the concert will be announced on Wednesday, with all proceeds being transferred to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

As well as memorabilia from performers, organiser Mr Sergeant's lucky" jumper will also be sold in the online auction.

Unofficial bidding for the trademark multi-coloured sweater - now in the wash after three weeks of continuous wear - started on Monday BBC Radio Wales, with broadcaster Roy Noble offering 55.

The logo board, painted by the Millennium Stadium's community arts group, was autographed by every performer, including top billing Eric Clapton.

Welsh musical stars including the Manic Street Preachers and Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics - who flew in for the event from a tour of France - Charlotte Church, Aled Jones, and Katherine Jenkins, have also signed it.

Tony Blair, Wales' First Minister Rhodri Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and former Wales football manager Mark Hughes also appeared at the concert via video messages.

Live Aid co-creator Midge Ure unexpectedly took to the stage to pay tribute to the skill of the organisers in arranging the event within 20 days.

As well as the 61,000 fans who were in the Millennium Stadium millions more joined in the show on TV, radio and online.

  • A primary school of only 300 pupils has managed to raise at least 1,600 for the tsunami aid appeal.

    Year 6 at George Street Primary School in Pontypool organised an indoor sports day on 20 January.

    Each year took part, with the children being sponsored by their parents, friends and relatives.

    Headteacher Martyn Paul said: "For a school this size in Pontypool, it's an amazing amount of money and it's rising and rising."

  • South Wales Police is appealing for information about a man who is thought to have been making a false collection for the tsunami appeal.

    He was asking for donations at Tesco Extra on Western Avenue, Cardiff, throughout the afternoon of New Year's Day, while wearing a high visibility jacket and carrying an orange bucket.

    Anyone who remembers giving money to this man should call Pc Julia Jonker on 029 2052 7267.

    A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail while inquiries are made.

    Watch clips of the concert


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