Tribute for tragic park fall victim
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.