Bands reform for gig to celebrate life of popular Grantham man

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A gig to be held in Grantham in November will celebrate the life of a well-loved man who died in a road accident last year.

Mark Berridge, 48, died in a collision in Cambridgeshire, near Ely, while driving a tipper truck.

Mark, who was married to Donna with a son, Thomas, was well-known in town, especially through his music. Mark played bass guitar in a number of bands over the years.

Two of those bands will reform for a memorial gig at the Westgate Club on Saturday, November 14 – almost a year to the day he died – and will raise money for two charities, Help for Heroes and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Organiser Shaun Muffett said: “We want to raise as much money as we can but we also want this to be a celebration of Mark’s life. We don’t want it to be a morbid evening but a good night which will do some good as well.”

Shaun had known Mark since the age of 17. Mark was in the Army for a while before working in a number of jobs.

Shaun said: “He was a well-known figure in the town. He had hundreds of friends. We are supporting the air ambulance because it may help save somebody else’s life.”

Mark’s parents, Eddie and Val, said Mark loved playing sport as a youngster, especially football and cricket. He loved music from a young age and they bought him a bass drum when he was very young, before he took up the guitar.

Eddie said they followed Mark around to see him play in his bands all over the region. He played regular spots in Skegness. Eddie said: “He loved life. The crematorium was packed for his funeral. That just showed how much was thought of him. He was well liked.”

The memorial gig will feature May Contain Beer, The System, Breakout, Nick Croft and DJ Ricky Gee. There will also be an auction and raffle.

Tickets cost £5 and are available via the Mark Berridge Memorial Gig Facebook page or call Shaun on 07814 206531.