Memorial gig for loved musician raises cash 

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A FUNDRAISING gig held in memory of a well-loved local musician raised over £2,000.

Mick Thompson died in April this year after a battle with motor neurone disease and members of his band, Five By Five put on a show at Leigh Park Working Men’s Club to raise cash for Rowans Hospice, The Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Rosemary Foundation.

Wife Mary said: ‘Mick's family would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this a night that he would have been proud of, including all band members, especially Mick King and John Gray who brought it all together - everyone who bought tickets or made donations and to the committee of LPWMC, who allowed use of the venue at no charge.’

Two members of the original band, Mick King and Paul Dallas, played alongside Terry and Dean Aldridge, Mick Eveley and Mick’s son Spencer Thompson.

The Shadders and Superheroes also played at the memorial gig.

On the 71-year-old’s orders, friends and families attended the funeral at the Oaks Cremtorium in Havant in fancy dress including The Beatles, a sparkly fairy and Wee Willy Winky.

When Mick was not fronting the band as main singer, he was pursuing his other keen interest, football.

He played for Leigh Park United and also managed Unicorn Boys, a local team from the area and took home a win at a competition in Germany.