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A MUCH-loved father was remembered in a night of music and laughter.

Family and friends of Barry Sutton held a memorial concert in his memory for The Rowans Hospice, the charity which allowed him to pass away peacefully at home last year.

Barry's wife Annette Sutton (front holding bucket) with her sons and daughters (from left) Alexandra Ede-Jones (37), triplets Craig Sutton, Scott Sutton and Ed Sutton, 25, Andrea Bartlett (38), Jaime Sutton (31) and Harmony Sutton (27)

Barry's wife Annette Sutton (front holding bucket) with her sons and daughters (from left) Alexandra Ede-Jones (37), triplets Craig Sutton, Scott Sutton and Ed Sutton, 25, Andrea Bartlett (38), Jaime Sutton (31) and Harmony Sutton (27)

The 61-year-old talented guitarist died of oesophageal cancer surrounded by his family at home in Lockerley Road, Havant, in November.

To thank The Rowans for their support they held a gig on Thursday which raised £3,000.

All the performers were bands which Barry had close links with, including his triplet sons Ed, Craig and Scott, who had hits with their band Noise Next Door in 2004.

The gig at Leigh Park Working Men’s Club was attended by hundreds of people who dug deep for the charity which meant so much to Barry.

Noise Next Door, Barry's triplets  Ed, Scott and Craig Sutton,  25, perform at the memorial gig

Noise Next Door, Barry's triplets Ed, Scott and Craig Sutton, 25, perform at the memorial gig

Son Ed, who now works as a sound engineer, said: ‘We wanted it to be a real celebration of the music and friends that dad has loved and that’s exactly what it was.

‘It was uplifting to see everyone gathered together for dad.

‘It meant the world to him to be able to stay at home with his family because he was always a home bird.

‘When he did anything for charity nine times out of 10 it was for The Rowans.

‘It was close to his heart in life and death.’

Barry’s wife Annette was joined by their triplets and daughters Andrea, Alexandra, Jaime, and Harmonie.

His very first band 5-By-5 played a few numbers at the memorial gig.

Herbie Armstrong from The Fountain, in Rowlands Castle – where Barry was a familiar face as the resident bassist on jam nights – performed along with Retromatic, Shadders, The Superheroes, and Daz and Chave.

Barry worked at Gammon & Smith, the builders’ merchants and later in life as a coach builder.

Fundraising in his memory is ongoing.

To make a donation go to justgiving.com/barrysutton.