Charity concert tribute to music lover Simon Dawson
AROUND £600 has been raised for charity following a concert held at County Hall in memory of a music lover who died earlier this year.
Simon Dawson, of Main Street, South Muskham, was a singer with the Cavalier Dance Band. He lost his battle with cancer earlier this year, aged 54.
Family, fellow band members and friends organised a tribute concert in his memory at County Hall in West Bridgford on December 14, and performed music and laid on refreshments for guests.
More than 60 people attended the event and listened to a range of swing and soul music.
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One of the organisers, Susannah Chambers, who works for the Adult and Community Learning team at the county council said: "We wanted to perform this as a tribute to Simon and also to raise vital funds for charity and we were very pleased with the support we received on the night."
The money raised will be shared between John Eastwood Hospice, in Mansfield, and Beaumond House Hospice, in Newark.
Outside music, Mr Dawson set up Northgate Property Services in Newark with his wife Jeannette in 2003 and the couple ran it together until 2008.
He was a Director of Dash – a training and consultancy business in Newark that he also ran with his wife.
Mr Dawson had worked for Newark and Sherwood District Council as a senior technical officer and for Ashfield District Council as an outdoor facilities manager.
He was elected on to Newark and Sherwood District Council in 2009 when he won a by-election for the Newark Beacon ward, retaining it for the Conservatives. He did not seek re-election in May 2011.
Music was Mr Dawson's passion throughout his life. He was a published songwriter and released several CDs in the 90s.
He leaves his wife Jeannette, children Robert and Rebecca, mother Doris Dawson and four brothers and sisters.