Stairway to heaven as Led Zeppelin frontman plays church fete

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Villagers were left stunned after a charity concert at a small church was given a star billing - by Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

Singer Plant swapped massive stadiums full thousands of screaming fans for around 400 people at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Northleach, Gloucestershire.

The concert was held to raise funds for Open Doors, The Children’s Society and Christian Aid.

It was organised by Gordon Jackson, a musician and retired gardener, who pulled strings to get the former frontman of the biggest band in the world to the small Cotswold venue.

He was joined by other musicians including Steve Winwood from Traffic, Bill Hunt from Wizzard and Tony Kelsey from The Move.

Gordon, 71, said: “I’m always hopeful when I ask someone. I had his contact detail so I sent him an email asking him if he fancied playing, and got one back within an hour saying yes.

“I think Steve and Robert have talked about it, but I don’t think they’ve ever played together.

“Robert performed Nobody’s Fault But Mine, and he asked Steve if he wanted to sing a verse or two. So they duetted, I don’t think they’ve ever done that before.

“We had about 220 people last year, 240 the year before and the church can only seat 250.

“This year, at 410 people we decided we couldn’t let any more in, though a few did sneak in so it was well over 400 people in there. It was packed.

“Someone asked me what I was going to do next year and I said I was going to get Elvis.”

The concert raised ?5,000 which, after costs, will see #1,100 each given to the church and three charities, Open Doors, The Children’s Society and Christian Aid.