Ian's concert grants mum's dearest wish

Musician Ian Gosling will be fulfilling his late mother's dearest wish when he re-forms his band for a special fundraiser for the Priscilla Bacon Lodge which cares for terminally ill cancer patients.

Musician Ian Gosling will be fulfilling his late mother's dearest wish when he re-forms his band for a special fundraiser for the Priscilla Bacon Lodge which cares for terminally ill cancer patients.

The event, which features 12 hours of live music, takes place on February 17 at The Crown pub in Great Ellingham and is organised by Mr Gosling and his partner Becca Bailey, who is the licensee.

“It was virtually a year ago when my mum, Maureen, died from cancer. I thought rather than doing a commemorative event just for her I would like to make it into a cancer awareness day. The Priscilla Bacon Lodge is a fantastic place and they were wonderful when she went in there, I can't sing their praises enough,” Mr Gosling said.

The event starts at noon with a carvery of locally sourced organic meat, accompanied by live music. The main entertainment follows from about 3pm with the evening highlight a performance by his former band Ice and Fire which appeared on Top of the Pops during its heyday.


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“In the early 90s we were a big thing in a local way. One of the things mum said to me before she passed away was 'You get those boys together and playing again'. She had bought me a guitar and an amp and we are reforming just for that evening.

“One of the other bands, Doozoot, lost a drummer through cancer so it becomes even more poignant,” he said.

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The carvery costs £7.95 a head, and a separate entry fee of £10 will be charged for the entertainment which concludes at midnight.

“We are hoping to raise £3,000,” added Mr Gosling, who was inspired to become a musician by Peter Franzen, editor of the Mercury's sister paper the Eastern Daily Press.

“I used to live next door to him when I was a teenager and he threw Deep Purple albums my way. It was only because of him that I started playing the guitar,” he explained.

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