Poem for Simon by Ian Loughran

I remember Simon’s smile

 

Waiting in Skelhorne street station, you humming tracks from station to station.

As was your way.

Me humming tracks from No more heroes, as was my way.

Trying not to catch the eyes, of the hard ass guys.

The Skelhorne Scalies, they failed to score, and now want to make you sore.

To give meaning to their evening, as was their way.

Lucky the bus opens up, the last L3 from town to Crosby.

It went at 11.30, full of people quite squiffy.

 

You said your shoes were on fire, I called you a liar.

We both laugh till our sides ache, as was often our way.

We talk of music, of Zepplin, the Velvets and of course Bowie.

As was our way.

Skelhorne Street Scalies, now far away, not that we cared, we always went our own way.

 

Susan Savage and the Amazingly Insane Mango Orchestra Featuring Hugo Ball in his paper suit and conical hat.

It was our band name, its 88 characters would fit in a tweet, but flyer printers did not find it neat.

We allowed no abbreviations, much to promoter consternations.

 

You once built a synthesiser from wire and glue, there was nothing you could not do,

if it was a thing you put your mind to.

Multi-talented was a perfect description, for someone building a synth in a kitchen.

We sent a tape to your cus Paul Mac, He sent encouraging words back.

Cheers Macca.

 

Bethesda Wales, where we last met, for chips and ales. And talked and talked of music and girls.

We laughed till our sides ached, as was our way.

 

Now you’re gone, what do I say? It’s the hardest part to write, to get it right.

Where do I start? Best to go straight from the heart.

I miss your big heart.

I miss your friendship.

I miss your talent.

I miss your SMILE,

and YOUR way.

You were one in a billion.

And still are to me.

 

©Ian Loughran 2017

Fantastic 6 months for The Eye Fund

What a great 6 months The Eye Fund has had. Money coming from everywhere. It is great that so many people make time to enjoy themselves and at the same time raise funds for our charity. Here are just some of the events that have taken place;

  1. Race nights at Formby Social Club, £500
  2. Race nights Ashville Lodge, WSBPS. £214
  3. Race nights Commercial Travellers Lodge, £613
  4. Luncheon Club Formby, Talk, £393
  5. Helen’s Cocktail Parties, £385
  6. Jewellery sales, Vocal Infinity choir. £484
  7. Donation, Vocal infinity, their charity for the year. £1000
  8. Gig for Simon, £1189
  9. Gift Aid recipes, £987
  10. Great Mogul Quizzes £591

Let’s hope we can carry on like this so we can help even more people like Simon who are visually impaied.

Thank you everyone.

Fantastic donation by Vocal Infinity

Carol and Paul enjoyed a really successful and boozy cocktail party at Helen and Russell’s house. It was attended by most of Vocal Infinity who presented The Eye Fund with an amazing cheque for £1000.00. The Eye Fund has been Vocal Infinity’s designated charity for the past year and this sum of money was beyond all expectation. The choir have sung and raised money in many other ways and we really do thank them for it.

Come and hear them sing at The Gig For Simon on 8th December at Studio 2, Liverpool.

Race night at Ashville Lodge

What a great night we all had at Ashville Lodge, home of The Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted. Although there were only 35 ‘Punters’ (health and safety) we made over £428 between the two charities. Thanks to all who attended and many thanks to the volunteers who did a remarkable job looking after the visually handicapped.

Simon Sherry by Anthony Brown

This is a collage of Simon by the renowned Merseyside artist, Anthony Brown.

The Sherry family were presented with this picture at the Fractured Vision Exhibition. We wish to thank Anthony for producing such a wonderful piece of work. We will treasure it forever.

 

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