Tribute concert to musical bus driver boosts funds for Yarmouth charity
PUBLISHED: 11:09 15 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:24 15 April 2019
A charity concert for a popular Norfolk musician has raised funds for a Great Yarmouth charity.
Phil Abbott, a driver at Centre 81, died on his 67th birthday six weeks after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
A concert in his memory, organised by friend and fellow musician Tosh Ewins, raised £785, with the funds donated to Centre 81.
Mr Abbott, a retired computer consultant from Reedham, had been a volunteer and bus driver at the charity for seven years.
He was also a ukulele player, performing in a community choir at Beccles, where his wife Trish is a singer and Mr Ewins plays the guitar.
The sold-out charity show, at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft, saw 15 musicians from across the country perform blues and gospel-style songs from the comedy movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou. They donated their time and expenses, and the £785 raised for Centre 81 was a record for one of Mr Ewins' concerts, which have amassed £3500 in five years.
Mr Ewins, 59, who regularly organises charity concerts said: “Phil was a great bloke. We got on like a house on fire and shared a stupid, Monty Python sense of humour. It was such a shock when he passed away.”
Widow Trish said: “He loved Centre 81 and being involved in the Instant Choir, so this was a marvellous tribute to Phil, who was 'there' on stage because one of the musicians played his ukulele during the show!”