STAFF and students at Stourbridge’s Glasshouse College played host to rock royalty when Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant stopped off at a concert to show his support for people with learning disabilities.
The Black Country born star’s impromptu appearance was the undoubted highlight at the ‘Awareness of Autism’ gig which had been organised by one of the college’s own students Jordan Statham.
The concert was designed to showcase the musical and performance talent of people with special needs.
Jordan, who has autism himself, was the driving force behind the event, which he has been busy organising since last October and Stourbridge schooled Robert Plant took time to speak with him and offer ongoing support for his musical career.
If that wasn’t enough, Jordan and his band were also joined on stage by Alex Griffin of Neds Atomic Dustbin.
Gail Hickman, enrichment manager at the Glasshouse college, said: “It was a great honour to have Robert Plant come along and support Jordan. He was very generous and his visit made Jordan’s night.”
More than 200 people packed into the college’s Art Centre in Amblecote for the concert which was funded by Vinspired who paid all the costs.
Organisers believe the concert could raise around £2,000 which will be donated to Autism West Midlands.
Gail Hickman added: “The concert was a huge success and all the performers were brilliant.
“As I looked around the audience on the night, there were many emotional faces and tears, including my own. The performers should be really proud of what they have achieved.”
If anyone would like to buy T Shirts, CDs or other memorabilia from the concert they can contact Gail on 01384 399459. All the money raised will continue to be donated to Autism West Midlands.