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Corton Gig

PUBLISHED: 13:44 29 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 05 July 2010

THERE was a soulful reaction on Sunday, at the Corton Inn, for the first of hopefully an annual musical event to raise funds for the Parkinson's Disease Society.

THERE was a soulful reaction on Sunday, at the Corton Inn, for the first of hopefully an annual musical event to raise funds for the Parkinson's Disease Society.

The afternoon start was treated to a fanfare, the National Anthem and more from a local cadet band.

Lowestoft Mayor Frank Mortimer thanked the lads and led a round of applause before giving a speech to welcome the audience and thanking them for supporting the charity.

Gary Woods, the musician whose idea it was to stage the gig, then said a few words about Parkinson's Disease which is a condition that affects him.

The gig was then lifted off the ground by a full stage of musicians from all over the Lowestoft area, including Penny Clark on vocals, who really had the room rocking. The line-ups included over 20 musicians from latter day bands such as Barrabas, Soul Reaction and The Toby Jug Band and currently Murphy's Lore and Whippet.

The sunny afternoon melted into a hot evening with the blues, going into rock and slowing things down for a great set of folk from Murphy's Lore frontman Billy Saggers. The room, however, was treated to the grandest of grand finales when the stage was filled for the last set: an exaggerated version of 60's band Soul Reaction complete with brass section.

Gary drenched from five hours behind his drums, immerged to thank everybody for making the gig such a success and for all concerned for giving their time free. He especially thanked the sound guys who had broken down the night before with the equipment in their van and had to be towed to the venue by the RAC and consequently had not slept the night before.

The raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses, raised almost £300 and with ticket sales the amount raised should be over £1,400 going to Parkinson's Disease Society.

Special thanks, though, should go to the couple who drove to the pub and left a cheque for £150 anonymously.

The venue was donated free of charge by new landlord Ceri Youngs for The Parkinson 1 Event who also staffed three barbecues to feed the multitude that turned up for this musical extravaganza.

Jazz fans be aware that Liane Carroll was contacted and had hoped to appear but Sunday's concert conflicted with her current tour. However, it is hoped to plan a future gig around her schedule next year.

ROZ FALLON

Walmer Road

Lowestoft

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