Holbeach musician David Stubbs to be remembered at second annual memorial gig at The Swan in Moulton
A memorial gig for a well-known Holbeach musician is set to take place once again at The Swan pub in Moulton this month.
Bands T120 (formerly known as Bad To The Bone) and Gerry Babies, plus guests, will play at the event on Sunday, August 18, to remember David Stubbs.
Known to his friends as ‘Stubby’ David died in 2017 of cancer. He was 67.
David was well-known for playing in bands such as Purple Haze, Bad To The Bone, Montana Sky Showband, Tequila Sunrise and Gerry Babies.
He was described by friend and Spalding drummer Bernie Longford as “a legend in his own backyard”.
In 1967, David formed Purple Haze with workmates after teaching himself to play lead guitar.
The band played all over the country and supported well-known 1960s bands like The Herd, Edison Lighthouse and Mud.
It is the second year the memorial gig has been organised and will raise money for the Youth Cancer Trust, which David began supporting for his son Kieran, who died in 2015.
Kieran had a brain tumour and epilepsy.
To help raise money for the charity, regulars at The Swan bid in an auction for David’s guitar, which is now on a wall in the pub.
It is a fitting tribute as that is where he played his final gig.
His wife, Sue, said: “Eleven of the regulars bid for the guitar and each paid £100 each for it.
“The Swan was also Kieran’s local.
“Through the trust Kieran took part in activities and supported other young people with cancer. He helped a group sail from Bournemouth to the Isle of Wight and used to say to the others to make the most of their time. He would say ‘you’re not going to die straight away.’
Including the money from the auction for David’s guitar, a total of £2,000 was raised for the trust last year.
The Youth Cancer Trust is a national charity based in Bournemouth and provides support and free activity holidays for young people (aged 14 to 30) diagnosed and living with cancer or any malignant disease.
David's memorial gig on August 18 starts at 4pm at the pub with music planned to be outdoors.
Sue said: "David played with both Gerry Babies and Bad to the Bone but after he died they felt they could not keep that name so changed it to T120.
"There will also be a raffle on the day so if anybody would like to bring along raffle prizes that would be great.
"It's a lovely setting as you can see the mill and the village church from the pub."
Call The Swan on 01406 370349 for more details.
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