Tribute night to tragic Hartlepool dad could become annual event

IN MEMORY: Friends gathered for a tribute night at the Belle Vue Social Club in memory of Mark Dixon.
IN MEMORY: Friends gathered for a tribute night at the Belle Vue Social Club in memory of Mark Dixon.

A FUNDRAISING night in memory of a Hartlepool man has raised almost £3,000 – and it could become an annual event.

Around 200 people gathered at the Belle Vue Social Club in town, to raise money in memory of Mark Dixon, 32, who died a week after being assaulted in Hartlepool town centre on Sunday, October 5 last year.

The event was organised by his cousin Gary Horton, who said: “It was a brilliant, fantastic evening and it went well from start to finish.”

He praised the evening’s how which, in parts, was very emotional, especially during a song towards the end of the evening with all of Mark’s friends on the stage.

Gary said lots of people were now keen on the tribute night becoming an annual attraction – and it won’t be the only event held in Mark’s memory.

Mark used to play football for Belle Vue and the Sports Bar before going on to become manager.

The two teams are now planning a memorial match, with the first game planned towards the end of May.

Gary praised Taffy Horwood for his organisation and helping to make the night a success.

He also thanked DJ Les Watts, who was compere, as well as all of the guests who performed on the night.

The money raised is going towards a trust fund for Mark’s daughter Ella.

l Paul Sutton, of Fordham Road, Sunderland, but formerly of Hartlepool, is charged with the manslaughter of Mr Dixon. He is due to stand trial later this month.