TRIB­UTE SONG FOR TEACHER

Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By Pe­tra Sil­fver­ski­old pe­tra.sil­fver­ski­old@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @pe­trasil­fver

A Sun­der­land singer-song­writer has writ­ten a tune in trib­ute to a much-loved school teacher who was murdered by her hus­band.

Julie Parkin was stabbed to death by her hus­band at their home in Castle­town in June.

Adam Parkin has since been jailed for life with a min­i­mum of 23 years af­ter he pleaded guilty to mur­der and the at­tempted mur­der of an­other per­son.

The mum-of-two worked as a teacher at West Boldon Pri­mary School and now Rob Burlin­son has penned a song about the void she has left be­hind.

The 28-year-old, who was helped by his fa­ther and fel­low mu­si­cian Rob Snr, 54, with the ar­range­ment of the piece, said he wanted to ex­press the sad­ness felt by pupils.

“A fam­ily friend I have known all my life has kids at the school,” said the dad-oftwo, from Town End Farm.

“I got the idea to write the song, but I didn’t want to pub­lish it any­where un­til the fam­ily gave it the nod.

“I love writ­ing songs so I said to the school that I would write it.

“It took me an hour-anda-half to write, and then my dad has done the mix­ing and mas­ter­ing and made it sound re­ally good.”

Rob said he had in­tended to re­lease the song in Septem­ber, but was de­layed by a fam­ily be­reave­ment.

“I have two kids and a full­time job, but I have a stu­dio in my loft con­ver­sion and from 5pm un­til 9pm on a Sun­day, that’s my time, when I write my mu­sic. It was dur­ing one of those ses­sions that the song came about,” he said.

“The way the song was writ­ten, I didn’t know her per­son­ally, so it’s about how much of a big miss she is for all the kids from the school.

“I’ve been told she al­ways had a smile on her face and was very lively.

“So I wrote about how much she is go­ing to be missed in the cor­ri­dors of the school.

He added: “I sent it to the school and they played it for the teach­ers. They were all cry­ing.

He added: “The re­sponse I’ve had is noth­ing but good. I have had mes­sages from peo­ple who I don’t know.

“Some of the teach­ers sent me long mes­sages.”

“It’s about how much of a big miss she is for all of the kids” ROB BURLIN­SON

Singer-song­writer Rob Burlin­son and, in­set, murdered school­teacher Julie Parkin.

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