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Sticks man inspires concert

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

Gary Woods picks up his sticks again this Sunday. Picture: Submitted

Gary Woods picks up his sticks again this Sunday. Picture: Submitted

MORE than 20 musicians will be joining together for a big charity music event this Sunday afternoon.

The event is being held to raise money for the Parkinson's Disease Society, and has been inspired by former professional drummer Gary Woods who suffers from the disease.

MORE than 20 musicians will be joining together for a big charity music event this Sunday afternoon.

The event is being held to raise money for the Parkinson's Disease Society, and has been inspired by former professional drummer Gary Woods who suffers from the disease.

Last year, Gary feared he would never play the drums again, but after finding a suitable “cocktail” of medication, his symptoms have eased and he has been able to pick up his beloved sticks once more.

His fellow band members from 1960s act Soul Reaction decided to organise a unique musical event to raise money for the charity and on Sunday the Corton Hut will host the concert.

The music will begin at 4pm when all of the 22 featured musicians take to the stage at once. But before that, there will be a performance from a marching cadet band outside the venue and a welcome from Lowestoft Mayor Frank Mortimer.

The rest of the event will see the musicians perform together in a variety of combinations, bringing a mix of jazz, blues, rock, folk and soul to Corton.

Morlings has supplied all of the necessary equipment for the day, while the Corton Hut has provided its facilities for free and many other businesses have contributed raffle prizes. Amongst the prizes on offer will be a break in Gunton Hall, Warner Holidays, a signed Norwich City football and a skip.

Organisers are hoping to raise £2,500 from the event and hope to make it the first of a number of musical events.

The event runs from 4pm to 9pm and tickets, which include a raffle ticket, are £6. They are available from F.W.Knights, London Road North, on 01502 572973; Morlings, London Road South, Lowestoft, on 01502 565491; and Violet's Florist, Famona Road, Carlton Colville, on 01502 534777.

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