Gig will help fund a ‘send off’ for John

Delta Pilots

Delta Pilots - Credit: Archant

Ely band Delta Pilots are staging a gig in memory of their ‘mate’ John Gammon in a bid to give him a good send off.

John Gammon

John Gammon - Credit: Archant

Well-known city music agent and journalist Mr Gammon died of cancer, aged 63, earlier this month and the coroner issued an appeal to trace his family.

Now Brian Bacon and his band mates have announced they are playing at the King’s Arms to raise money to help pay for Mr Gammon’s funeral.

Mr Bacon, who was a long-term friend of Mr Gammon’s, said he was a “very public and a very private man”, who never spoke about his family. He was a “good mate” and we have been “saddened by his passing”.

Mr Gammon lived and worked in Ely and was well known for his work as a music journalist, booking agent and manager of well-known bands over the years including 1980s pop sensation Katrina and the Waves.

Mr Bacon said the pub has kindly agreed to host the memorial show to help raise funds for the funeral and the band has donated their usual appearance fee to the cause and all merchandising money will also go directly to the fund.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can pop into the pub to give a contribution, any money left over will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Mr Bacon said: “We’d love to see everyone there. Let’s turn this into a night to make John proud. He supported a lot of people in his life so let’s repay his generosity and give him a real send off. Every penny raised will go towards John’s funeral, so let’s get the place packed.”