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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RIP Peter Byers

It is with sadness that I am writing to let know of the death of Peter Byers of South Shields.
As many of you will know, Peter was a great fan and supporter of jazz and played a large part in the running and organising of the popular jazz club down there for very many years.
Whilst the club was largely made up of "New Orleans" style followers, Peter had a wider vision and he liked to book artists with an appeal to the general public as well as to dedicated fans. 
Of course that club all started around 40 years ago. It was held at various venues around town but probably most successfully at the New Crown Hotel where Peter was an ever present and usually greeted people at the door as they arrived.  So over those years there must have been many musicians and audience who remember Peter's warm smile and wry humour.
Peter's  funeral will take place on Thursday 26th February at South Shields crematorium and his family would like to extend, to jazz followers and others who remember Peter, an invitation to the New Crown Hotel afterwards.
Roy Willis.

1 comment :

Roy Willis said...

Peter's funeral will take place at 11.30 am on Thursday 26th February at South Shields crematorium.

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