A WAVE of punk music hit Leigh on Saturday to benefit a campaign to have a memorial statue of the late Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley installed in his hometown.
Four groups created in the 1970s; Fast Cars, The Drones, Notsensibles and The Distractions, as well as Benefit State, performed at the concert at St Joseph’s Hall.
Award-winning urban poet from Salford, Simon Williams, took part in the sold-out concert, which drew around 200 people, and performed between sets for each group.
He also ran an auction, which saw memorabilia signed by Buzzcocks, Stereophonics, Drones, Notsensibles and Fast Cars go under the hammer.
Drones entertain the crowds
Pete Shelley Memorial Campaign co-founder Paul Lally said: âIt was amazing to see the bands that made an impact on the punk scene in the late ’70s together on one stage.
âIt shows how an amazing inspiring man Pete Shelley was.
âWe have had overwhelming support from the Leigh community.
“I was quite surprised by the support at this event and the many handshakes and thanks we received that night which was incredibly heartwarming.”
Statement of benefits
Buzzcocks shirt up for auction
Spectators at the concert
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Paul met people who had traveled as far as Edinburgh, Brighton, Nottingham, Derby, Stoke, Leeds, Wakefield, Banbury and Bristol.
Paul said: âPete Shelley was one of my heroes when I was young and played an important role in my life.
âHe has always been and will continue to be one of my all-time favorite songwriters and musicians.
âI am incredibly proud to share my hometown with him.
âAppropriate tribute through a permanent Pete in Leigh memorial is our goal and we are passionate and dedicated to making sure that happens.
“I would like to warmly thank the community of Leigh for their continued support of the Pete Shelley Memorial Campaign.”
Wigan Borough Mayor Cllr Steve Dawber also showed his support at the concert.
Photos: Steve White