Musical tribute to “well loved” city band promoter

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A benefit gig is being held for a “well loved character” from Lancaster, who died following a short illness in November.

Michael “Spider” Railton, 56, was well known in the Lancaster area for promoting music and bands over many years.

He also worked for the NHS as an occupational therapist.

The gig at The Yorkshire House on Saturday, January 18, will raise money for St John’s Hospice and Leukaemia Research, as was the wish of his wife, Kirsty.

Mr Railton died on November 28 and his funeral took place on December 12.

The gig at The Yorkshire House, organised by friend Mark Simpson, features music from Carolina Vendetta, Dead Mans Hand, The Glass Poppies, Blackheart Afterglow, The Charm, Coyley and Friends and The Cosmic Fingers.

There is also a magician performance by Kev Cunliffe.

The gig has been organised by Mr Railton’s friend and music promoter Mark Simpson.

Entry to the event is for a minimum charity donation of £5 on the door. The music starts at 7.30pm and runs until 1.45am.