FANS and supporters from all over the country descended on St Stephen's Church in Redditch recently for a fundraising concert by Deborah Bonham, younger sister of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham.
The concert was in aid of the John Bonham Memorial Fund, set up by local fans Clem and Sam Dallaway of Rocktave Music Tuition and Ros Sidaway of Vintage Trax Retro Record Specialists.
The aim is to help raise £50,000 for a fitting permanent memorial to the late Redditch-born and raised rock star.
The church was filled with people who had travelled from Newcastle upon Tyne, Wigan, Doncaster, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Herefordshire and the wider Worcestershire area.
They were rewarded with an emotionally charged acoustic set performed with a backdrop of cine film showing the young Bonham’s at play.
Two of her regular band members, Pete Bullick and Gerard G Louis provided back-up on guitar and keyboards.
For Deborah, it was the first time that she had performed in her hometown where surviving members of the Bonham family still live, including 91-year-old aunty Bet and 87-year-old aunty Dot, who both attended the gig with the family.
Video message from other family members not able to attend were shown along with other tributes from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Brian Leiser, Paul Rodgers, lead singer with Free and Bad Company, and Mick Ralphs (founding member of Mott the Hoople and Bad Company).
Gig organiser and fund treasurer, Ros Sidaway, said: “September 2015 marks 35 years since John's death at the young age of 32. It would be a most wonderful tribute to have a memorial in place where fans could go to pay their respects to the world’s greatest drummer.”
Almost £2,000 was raised on the night along with £1,500 in donations from those who couldn't make it.
Further fundraising events are being planned.
For more information, visit johnbonhammemorialfund.com.