Fundraising concert in memory of beloved Hartlepool firefighter

Retired firefighter Peter Oliver, who has passed away

Retired firefighter Peter Oliver, who has passed away

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A charity concert in memory of a beloved Hartlepool firefighter will help raise funds for a group of people close to his heart.

Retired firefighter Peter Oliver tackled countless blazes in his accomplished 30-year career with Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Peter Oliver and Furba.

Peter Oliver and Furba.

But he lost his life at the age of 57, on May 21 last year, after a bacterial infection attacked his heart.

Friends and family of Peter, who lived off Torquay Avenue, in Hartlepool, held a fundraising concert to celebrate his life.

Dock Rock, named in jest of Peter’s childhood nickname, raised £700 for the British Heart Foundation.

A second concert is set to be held later this year for the dad-of-two, who was also nicknamed Dan, a nod to Desperate Dan and to his food-demolishing exploits.

This year’s Dock Rock concert is therefore going to raise funds to help the people of Loding and the money raised will go towards building a new school for the children of the village. One of the classrooms will be dedicated to the memory of Peter “Dock” Oliver.

Neil Handisides, Peter’s friend

The gig is set to be held on Saturday, October 10, at the Owton Manor Social Club, in Hartlepool.

It will be headlined by town rock band The White Negroes, and will include performances from other musicians.

The concert will benefit the people of Loding, in Nepal, who were left devastated by the recent earthquake.

Neil Handisides, Peter’s friend and the uncle of his widow Gillian, said: “In later life Peter had taken to trekking high mountain ranges and making new friends internationally.

School damaged by earthquake.

School damaged by earthquake.

“This was all the more remarkable in that he was doing this despite having a congenital heart defect, which was not diagnosed until very late in his life.

“In October 2006, Peter and three of his friends from Hartlepool joined him on his first excursion to the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. One of the guides on that first trip was a young Sherpa called Furba, who the group have stayed in touch with ever since.

“His village was badly damaged in the earthquakes in May and many homes, as well as the school, are now deemed unsafe for use.

“This year’s Dock Rock concert is therefore going to raise funds to help the people of Loding, and the money raised will go towards building a new school for the children of the village. One of the classrooms will be dedicated to the memory of Peter “Dock” Oliver.”

Temporary School.

Temporary School.

Tickets for the 7pm gig cost £8 and are available by calling Paul on 07838 214773 or Neil on 01429 278885.