Daughter's 10th anniversary tribute to popular musician Dr Rock

Keith Hand, who died 10 years ago

Keith Hand, who died 10 years ago

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE DAUGHTER of a much-loved musician who died suddenly 10 years ago today is holding a music event in his memory.

Keith Hand, also known as Dr Rock, died on September 4, 2004, after driving to Fairfield Hospital complaining of a sore throat.

His condition deteriorated rapidly, and he suffered from two heart attacks as medics tried to keep his swollen airways open. He died from a severe laryngitis infection.

Mr Hand, who died aged 56, owned the Dr Rock musical equipment store in Bolton Road, and had also previously worked as a roadie for glam-rock bands Mudd and Sweet.

Now his daughter, Emma, has planned a musical extravaganza at Radcliffe Civic Suite to honour his memory.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, a month after the 10th anniversary of Mr Hand’s sudden death, and will feature performances from up to eight bands.

The 25-year-old said: “The anniversary is bringing back some amazing memories, it is so nice that so many people who remember him have said so much wonderful things about him.

“I have had men with families saying they wouldn’t have got into music if it wasn’t for my dad.”

Ms Hand, who lives in Radcliffe Road, said the bands who will play the event all knew her father, and were customers at his shop.

She also says funds raised will go towards Music for All, a charity which aims to help youngsters get into playing musical instruments, a cause close to her father’s heart.

Some of the bands set to play include The Steve Ferringo Band, The Dirty Raincoats and The Revelators.

Ms Hand, who works as a photographer, added: “With the 10th anniversary I wanted to do something to mark it, and what better than a music event, which he would have loved.”

In addition to loving music, Mr Hand was a keen dog breeder, and won awards at Crufts.

He also appeared on Channel 4 show The Salon, after admitting that his 1970s-style haircut needed a makeover.

The event will start at 4pm, and tickets cost £6 on the door.

A fundraising page to help run the event has been set up, with any extra raised going to the charity.

For more information: visit gofundme.com/doctorrockmemorial

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