Son organises St Nicholas Hospice Care fund raising gig in memory of dad

Ian Graham and his wife Liz
Ian Graham and his wife Liz
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When Lee Graham decided to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in memory of his father, there was an obvious choice of event.

Lee’s father Ian, who died of cancer five years ago last week, was a great pop and rock fan and often went to gigs often went to gigs with Lee and his sister Kirsty from their home in Bury St Edmunds.

So Lee has organised a gig called Just Push Play in aid of the hospice at Bury St Edmunds’ Constitutional Club in Guildhall Street on Saturday August 22.

Bands on the bill so far are Voter Kernel, Men of Munga, Bracken, Laplucas, The Fretz and A Gutful of Lead, with which Lee plays bass guitar.

Lee said of his dad: “We used to go to lot of gigs together and hang out – he was my best friend as well as my dad – so a gig seemed logical.

“The hospice did such an amazing job in helping my dad when he needed it most, so I decided to have some fun, just like dad and I used to, with some good friends and good bands.”

In spite of his love for music, Ian did not play.

Lee recalled: “He tried at one point to pick up the guitar, but it didn’t work for him.”

But Ian fully supported Lee’s playing and used to take him to gigs as a teenager.

Lee admitted: “At early gigs I was probably dreadful, but for him it was great because his boy was on stage.”

Tickets will be available on the door at £5 and there will be a raffle to raise more money for the hospice.

Doors open at 2pm with the first band due to play at 4pm. For more details see the Just Push Play Facebook page