What a wonderful night was shared by many friends and family of our dear much-missed friend Alan Kershaw when we all gathered once again in Hanging Heaton Golf Club to celebrate the memory of Alan and to endeavour to raise some money for Kirkwood Hospice where Alan spent his final days in the care of devoted and dedicated staff. Alan’s wife Christine had mentioned some months earlier that she would like to try to do something for Kirkwood Hospice and a concert was the obvious way to do it, and a way that we all knew that Alan would have wanted. Members of The George Formby Society who were also all good friends of Alan, turned up to entertain and the whole evening was a nice mix of Formby and popular songs which the audience truly appreciated. It was my pleasure to introduce all the acts and whilst everyone can be proud of their contribution, the loudest applause was reserved for Alan’s grandson, young Jack Hughes who sang “Imagine Me On The Maginot Line”, a song that was one of Alan’s favourites. Jack asked if he could sing the song with me and Stuart Lowther who happens to own Alan’s Gibson UB2 banjo uke. But it has to be said that Stuart and myself were there just to make up the numbers and Jack was the real star. Jack had appeared with his Grandad on more than one occasion and was never daunted by the audience or the occasion - a real entertainer in the true Alan Kershaw tradition! Everyone enjoyed a pie and pea supper and a massive raffle was organised by Alan’s son Lee who also managed the sound equipment all evening. Long distance travellers were Stuart Lowther from Boston, Lincolnshire and Caroline Stewart from Grosmont in North Yorkshire and they were supported by friends from all over West and South Yorkshire. At the end of the evening it was calculated that £850 had been made for Kirkwood, with another sealed bucked of contributions still to be counted, a grand effort by all those involved. The only thing missing from the evening was the “The Auld Triangle” but of course there is only one person who could pull that off! A totally memorable evening to celebrate a wonderful and much missed friend to everyone in the room - Alan Kershaw. On the menu button you can view a definitive collection images both of the evening and images of Alan and his family and friends.
A concert to support Kirkwood Hospice
What a wonderful night was shared by many friends and family of our dear much-missed friend Alan Kershaw when we all gathered once again in Hanging Heaton Golf Club to celebrate the memory of Alan and to endeavour to raise some money for Kirkwood Hospice where Alan spent his final days in the care of devoted and dedicated staff. Alan’s wife Christine had mentioned some months earlier that she would like to try to do something for Kirkwood Hospice and a concert was the obvious way to do it, and a way that we all knew that Alan would have wanted. Members of The George Formby Society who were also all good friends of Alan, turned up to entertain and the whole evening was a nice mix of Formby and popular songs which the audience truly appreciated. It was my pleasure to introduce all the acts and whilst everyone can be proud of their contribution, the loudest applause was reserved for Alan’s grandson, young Jack Hughes who sang “Imagine Me On The Maginot Line”, a song that was one of Alan’s favourites. Jack asked if he could sing the song with me and Stuart Lowther who happens to own Alan’s Gibson UB2 banjo uke. But it has to be said that Stuart and myself were there just to make up the numbers and Jack was the real star. Jack had appeared with his Grandad on more than one occasion and was never daunted by the audience or the occasion - a real entertainer in the true Alan Kershaw tradition! Everyone enjoyed a pie and pea supper and a massive raffle was organised by Alan’s son Lee who also managed the sound equipment all evening. Long distance travellers were Stuart Lowther from Boston, Lincolnshire and Caroline Stewart from Grosmont in North Yorkshire and they were supported by friends from all over West and South Yorkshire. At the end of the evening it was calculated that £850 had been made for Kirkwood, with another sealed bucked of contributions still to be counted, a grand effort by all those involved. The only thing missing from the evening was the “The Auld Triangle” but of course there is only one person who could pull that off! A totally memorable evening to celebrate a wonderful and much missed friend to everyone in the room - Alan Kershaw. On the menu button you can view a definitive collection images both of the evening and images of Alan and his family and friends.
A concert to support Kirkwood Hospice