Concert held in memory of popular character from the Peterborough music scene

Pete Thomson Hootennany at The Cresset. Pictured are The Rocket Dogs EMN-150703-203959009
Pete Thomson Hootennany at The Cresset. Pictured are The Rocket Dogs EMN-150703-203959009
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A concert to remember a popular character on the Peterborough music scene and raise valuable charity funds was held at the weekend.

‘Pete Thomson’s Memorial Hootenanny’ saw local bands and musicians, past and present, gathering at The Cresset in Bretton to raise money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of Pete.

Pete Thomson Hootennany at The Cresset. Pictured are some of audience EMN-150703-204021009

Pete Thomson Hootennany at The Cresset. Pictured are some of audience EMN-150703-204021009

He died in November 2014 at Thorpe Hall after being diagnosed with Metastatic Lung Cancer only seven weeks earlier.

Pete was a regular supporter of many local bands across the city and is probably best known for his unique and superb renditions of ‘Delilah’, ‘Nut Bush City Limits’ and ‘Whole lotta Rosie’.

Crowds who turned out over March 8 and 9 took to the dance floor to enjoy the many acts who came to play.

Bands playing over the two days included Grounded, The Mighty Persuaders, Citizen Smith, The Rocket Dogs, Fallen Breaks, One Eyed Cats, The More i see/Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Retrolux, 0898 and The Motivators.

The care and service available for patients and their families at Thorpe Hall is phenomenal.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith was a very close friend of Pete’s and organised the event.

He said: “I spent almost a week at Thorpe Hall with Pete in his last few days and the care and service that is available for patients and their families is phenomenal.

“Because Pete’s condition deteriorated so suddenly he didn’t get to fulfil his wish to go to one last gig. That is why I wanted to get all of his favourite bands together for one almighty gig in his honour.”

Pete Thomson Hootennany at The Cresset. Pictured are event organser Colin Smith, Barbara Towers and Maureen Hunter from Sue Ryder and Andy Simmonds EMN-150703-203929009

Pete Thomson Hootennany at The Cresset. Pictured are event organser Colin Smith, Barbara Towers and Maureen Hunter from Sue Ryder and Andy Simmonds EMN-150703-203929009