SQUEEZE star Glenn Tilbrook has spent his career singing about the lives of working class folk. Now he has dedicated himself to helping ordinary people who are themselves feeling the ‘squeeze’ of austerity and are going hungry.

The South London singer-songwriter – best known for songs like Cool for Cats, Pulling Mussels (From a Shell) and Up the Junction – is touring the country playing benefit gigs for anti-poverty group The Trussell Trust and its network of foodbanks.

At the weekend he performed at the Church of St John the Evangelist, in Iffley Road, Oxford, to raise funds and food for the Witney Foodbank.

The artist said he was delighted with the quantity of food donated by his fans – with 100kg of food collected plus cash – enough for 238 meals.

He said: “The generosity of the folks who attended my show at St John the Evangelist Church on Friday was both humbling and heart-warming. Full credit to their compassion and none to Universal Credit!’

He said previously: “It is shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table.

“Anyone, from any walk of life, can fall upon dire times, and I hope that by doing this tour it will remind people that there is a very real need.

“Most of us can do something to help – be it giving some food or a little money.”

Last year the star raised about 1.5 tonnes of food for foodbanks. The tour continues.

A spokesman for Witney Foodbank said: “Many thanks to “Glenn Tilbrook for asking his fans to bring food to his shows in support of Trussell Trust, and the audience at SJE for donating nearly 100 kg of food to the Witney Foodbank at Glenn’s Oxford show.”