Trib­ute for tragic park fall vic­tim

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By MATTHEW REVILLE

THE griev­ing fam­ily of a mu­sic en­thu­si­ast who fell to his death from a city car park are plan­ning a fundrais­ing gig in his me­mory.

Mick Lam­bert (54), of Bringhurst, Or­ton Gold­hay, Peter­bor­ough, died on April 1 af­ter fall­ing from Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre’s Clare car park.

His fam­ily are invit­ing peo­ple to join them in a cel­e­bra­tion of his life at one of his favourite gig venues, the Cherry Tree, in Oun­dle Road, on June 19.

Money from the event will go to the mental health char­ity Mind, which was cho­sen be­cause of Mick’s long strug­gle with bi-po­lar dis­or­der.

His sis­ter An­gela Wells said: “To many peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough, Mick was the never-ag­ing rocker that was al­ways at pubs, clubs and con­certs lis­ten­ing to his favourite lo­cal bands.

“Then he would travel fur­ther afield to London, Not­ting­ham, Birm­ing­ham and Cam­bridge to see the fa­mous rock bands – it re­ally was his biggest pas­sion.

“Be­cause of that, we have in­vited some groups to come and play at the trib­ute night and we think it would be a fit­ting way to pay our re­spects to Mick.

“Mu­sic was a huge part of his life and he would spend hours dis­cussing it, go­ing to the pub and talk­ing about bands over cider or a meal.”

One of Mick’s favourite groups, Riff Raff, will be play­ing on the night.

Ann Caprio, land­lady of the Cherry Tree, said that they were happy to put on the event for Mick who was one of the pub’s most reg­u­lar cus­tomers.

She said: “When we heard Mick had died we wanted to put on a trib­ute night straight away.

“We ac­tu­ally al­ready had Riff Raff booked for June 19. But af­ter we spoke to them, we both de­cided it would be a good idea to make it the evening to cel­e­brate Mick’s life.

“He used to love rock mu­sic and would al­ways come for the gigs, so this seems to be a great way to re­mem­ber and cel­e­brate his life.

Mick, who moved to Peter­bor­ough when he was 10 years old, suf­fered from bi-po­lar dis­or­der dur­ing his adult life.

His sis­ter An­gela added: “Un­for­tu­nately, he had started hav­ing prob­lems at the age of 18. He had to live with mental ill­ness for the rest of his life.

“Mick was a gen­er­ous friend to all and al­though he couldn’t work and never had much money he would al­ways help his friends.”

A spokes­woman for Mind said: “This sort of fundrais­ing ef­fort means a great deal to us.

“We will put this money to­wards a new ini­tia­tive called the Men’s Fo­rum, which is ba­si­cally a sup­port group for men suf­fer­ing from mental health is­sues.

“We are hop­ing to or­gan­ise ac­tiv­i­ties and places for them to go, so any ad­di­tional money will go a long way to help­ing make the group suc­cess­ful.”

The event will take place at the pub on June 19 be­tween 8pm and 11.30pm. There will be no en­trance fee but those who come to en­joy the mu­sic and pay trib­ute will be in­vited to give do­na­tions to the char­ity.

trib­ute: The Cherry Tree pub in Oun­dle Road is host­ing a trib­ute night to pub reg­u­lar Mick Lam­bert.

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