Tribute night to popular John

John Winstanley

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A POPULAR music venue was packed to the rafters by revellers to mark the first anniversary of the death of a close friend.

The tribute night was held at The Studio, in Hartlepool, in honour of John Winstanley, a keen photographer, who was a popular figure in town.

He died in November last year at the age of 63.

John was originally from Lancashire and also spent time living in London before settling in Hartlepool.

He made a lot of friends in town and had a passion for art, photography and music and he was also a member of the East Durham Arts Network.

The tribute night was held at The Studio, in Tower Street.

A number of bands and singers performed including Brian Hoey, The Sugar B’s, Gary Grainger and The Snorter Dogs plus a DJ set.

Peter Gowland, who was friends with John since the pair were teenagers, said: “It was an excellent night.

“It was as much a social night as a music night and it was nice to see everyone again.

“There was around 100 people there and it was a nice chance for people to catch up.”

Mr Gowland added: “John was a popular character in town and we said we would do something to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.

“He was into his music and used to play a bit of bass so we thought we’d have a music night in his memory.”

As part of the evening there was a 10 minute video showcasing some examples of John’s work.

All of the artists performed free of charge.