Bands Perform in Memory of well known musician

Daughter Emma Hand with a picture of her father Keith Hand and some of the band members that took part [inc. members of Zoo, The Steve Ferringo Band and Adventures of Salvador]

MUSICIANS turned out in large numbers to honour a well-known Bury musical personality.

Emma Hand, the daughter of Keith Hand, who was known as Dr Rock, organised a musical extravaganza at Radcliffe Civic Suite on October 4, a month after the 10th anniversary of his sudden death.

The day, which featured a number of bands who knew Mr Hand, helped to raise more than £700 for the Music for All charity, which works to help youngsters get into playing musical instruments, a cause close to her father’s heart.

Mr Hand, aged 56,owned the Dr Rock music equipment store in Bolton Road and was a musician in his own right, as well as working as a roadie for glam-rock bands such as Mudd and Sweet.

He died suddenly from a severe laryngitis infection after suffering from two heart attacks,after initially complaining of a sore throat and driving himself to Fairfield Hospital.

Ms Hand, aged 25, said she hopes it will become a yearly event to remember her father.

She said: "Everything went well, and everyone had a great time. It was great to see so many old familiar faces back together."

Donations are still being accepted by visiting www.gofundme.com/doctorrockmemorial

Andrew Bardsley