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Rock 'n' Roll in memory gig raises £4686.00 for Birmingham Adoption Centre

30 January 2020
Rock

The life of a music promoter who touched thousands of people’s lives over 40 years was celebrated in a daylong event.

The extravaganza in memory of ‘unsung hero’ Colin Silcocks was held at Rubery Social Club on Saturday 25th January 2020.

On the line-up was Jesse James and the Outlaws, Lynette Morgan and the Blackwater Valley Boys, The Hayriders, The Stargazers and Glenn Doran and the Prairie Echoes. All the bands were booked many times by Colin who was renowned on the local and worldwide 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll scene.

The all-dayer also featured 11 DJs, all playing vinyl 45’s as part of the event, which was held in two rooms of the Social Club.

Colin grew up in Gloucestershire and Bristol but settled in Birmingham after graduating from Aston University.

He worked around the Second City all his life as a pharmacist. He sadly passed away on November 5th and his funeral was on December 13th in Coleshill.

Rob Daniels, who organised the celebration, said, “He never married or had any children”.

“Music was his life – he carried on his lifestyle right until his recent, untimely death.

“His death was sudden and unexpected and has sent shock waves throughout the world”.

“A few days before he died, he was due to be DJing in Soho, London and had bands booked to play in Wolverhampton and Cannock”.

Colin was DJing and putting on 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll bands across Birmingham and the surrounding areas from the mid to late 1970’s to the present day.

Many of the bands he put on became household names, and appeared on TV shows such as Top of The Pops.

More than 650 tickets were sold for the event, making it a sell-out with people coming from afar afield at South Shields and South Devon.

In excess of 500 people turned up to Colin’s funeral and in his memory, £4686.00 has been raised for the Cats Protection, Birmingham Adoption Centre through ticket sales, raffles and donations.

The funds were presented on the evening to Paula and Saranne who represented the charity.

Colin had always had a passion and love for cats and owned three of his own who are now at the Adoption Centre with a view to finding new homes.

The Birmingham Adoption Centre rehomes close to 1000 cats per year and rely on public donations so this has enabled them to continue their work with veterinary treatments and the rehabilitation of many more homeless and unwanted cats in the Birmingham area. Funds also help with current neutering schemes in the area.

Through Colin’s love of cats and music fans love of Colin, we are able to help so many more cats in the future and we cannot thank you enough.