Get ready to rock in memory of Hartlepool firefighter

Former Hartlepool firefighter Peter Oliver who loved trekking
Former Hartlepool firefighter Peter Oliver who loved trekking

A night of top music will celebrate the life of a former Hartlepool fireman this weekend.

The fourth Dock Rock will see three fantastic local acts perform in the annual tribute to Peter ‘Dock’ Oliver.

The White Negroes

The White Negroes

It is once again being organised by friends and family of Peter who was well known from his firefighting days and love of live music.

He sadly died in May 2014 at the age of just 57 after a bacterial infection attacked his heart.

Peter had enjoyed a 30-year career with Cleveland Fire Brigade and later enjoyed trekking high mountain ranges including the Himalayas, in Asia, where he made lasting friendships.

His love life and music will once again be remembered at Owton Manor Social Club on Saturday night.

Neil Handisides, Peter’s friend and the uncle of his widow Gillian, said: “Ticket sales are going very well. There should be over 100 people there.

“It is a really great line up of bands for the price. We are raising money for the British Heart Foundation as Dock died of a heart complaint.

“But we are also supporting children in Nepal.

“Peter went out to Nepal many years ago and he kept in touch with one of the Sherpas.
“After the earthquake in 2015 we have helped to rebuild a school and Dock has got a library named after him in the school.

“We still support those children now.”

Opening Dock Rock 4 will be duo Pek and Wanley providing their unique take on songs with their vocals, acoustic guitar and bongo drums.

They will be followed on stage by The Blue Bishop performing their subtle brand of bluesy pop brought to town by leader Geoff Grange, an ex-pat West View singer, guitarist and harmonica player.

Bass guitarist Jim Rodford played with The Kinks, and The Zombies for about the last 20 years including a recent tour of America.

Top of the bill will be Hartlepool’s legendary White Negroes.

Neil added: “All the bands have got quite a name for themselves, and the White Negroes are just something special.”

Dock Rock 4 is on from 7pm. Tickets are £8 from Paul Oliver on 07838 214773, John Oliver on 07714 680833, and Neil Handisides on 07597 901923.

People can also pay on the door.