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  • Music venue pays tribute to popular figure

    Malcolm Hindle

    MUSIC venue, E Rooms, hosted an all day event of entertainment in celebration of the life of Leon Murphy, a popular and well respected musician and tutor who died on February 15.

    Leon, 29, was diagnosed with Grade 4 Astroglioma, a rare form of brain cancer in 2010 and despite having undergone extensive surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy bravely continued life as normal, performing in several bands as well as teaching many young people Bass guitar at E Rooms.

    Despite a second operation and further chemo and radiotherapy, his condition was diagnosed as terminal in August 2016.

    The event on Saturday, March 11 in memory of Leon featured some of his former pupils, and local musicians, as well as former band mates from some of the many bands of which he’d been a member.

    On what was a very emotional night Leon’s friends in The Insurgents, Sick Minds, Scurvy Dogg, The Adjusters, Kinky Oyster performed to a packed crowd in Leon’s honour.

    The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of a portrait of Leon painted by local artist and Leon’s friend Jack Woodward and a plague dedicating the E Rooms Live room in his memory.

    E Rooms director Dave Beeston said: “Leon was a much loved and respected friend to E Rooms, a fantastic musician and a beautiful soul, he will be sadly missed by everyone.

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