Pictured is Genesis rock legend Steve Hackett (centre), who is presenting a cheque to Rotherham Hospice, raised from the sale of the book Rotherham Rocked, by Martin Hudson, pictured left, with hospice chief exec Christopher Duff
Rotherham’s Mayor Lindsay Pitchley got to play air guitar with a rock legend who rocked up at the town’s hospice.
Former Genesis lead strummer Steve Hackett rolled into town to mark a £2,100 donation from sales of a book charting Rotherham’s classic rock history.
And the Mayor’s Town staff spotted the perfect opportunity for Lindsay.
“I play air guitar quite regularly in the parlour – it’s a bit of fun,” said Coun Pitchley. “It’s caused a few laughs at the Town Hall and when my team discovered a guitar legend was coming to Rotherham Hospice they got me an invite.”
Steve, described as one of the UK’s most influential guitarists and the inspiration for rock stars including Eddie Van Halen and Brian May, presented a cheque for cash raised from Rotherham Rocked, penned by Brecks-based security manager Martin Hudson.
Martin wrote about his memories after launching Rotherham’s Classic Rock Society in 1991.
The society grew to national prominence and saw Rotherham stage 350 concerts with some of the biggest names in rock, including Rick Wakeman, who became CRS honorary president and urged Martin to write the book.
“Steve Hackett has become a friend over the years and played several sell-out concerts here. He is writing a new album and preparing for a UK tour next spring but found time to come to Rotherham to make our presentation rock,” said Martin.
Three life-long fans, Mark Clowes, of Swinton, Dawn Heath, of Bramley, and Andrew Slater, of Maltby, made cash donations to the hospice to meet their guitar hero, too.
“Thanks to all at the hospice for arranging this event,” said Mark Clowes. “It was a real privilege to meet one of my heroes. I’m looking forward to seeing him play in Sheffield next year.”
Those wishing to purchase Rotherham Rocked in aid of the hospice are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org