A FUNDRAISING night is being held for the family of a popular Ellesmere Port musician.
Wirral band Insanity Beach have organised the event in memory of drummer Chris Hooker, who died last month following two massive strokes.
On the night they will be launching their new album, Welcome to the Party, with £2 from each sale going to Chris’ family.
The 48-year-old father-of-three died as a result of a condition known as atherosclerosis, an accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries, which triggered the strokes.
His mother Phyllis Kewn, who recently made an appeal in the Pioneer for people to go for a routine health check after describing the condition as a ‘hidden killer’, has praised the band’s support.
She said: “It’s marvellous of them, they’ve been unbelievably good to me.
“Chris had been in other bands but with Insanity Beach they enabled him to go for it.
“Ian Cowell, the lead singer, told me Chris had wowed Status Quo off the stage with his drumming when they supported them.
“And one night Ian said they let Chris have centre stage, he would have loved that. He liked being appreciated but he was modest.
“He was never big-headed with his drumming, he was always surprised when anyone congratulated him.”
The event will be at Revolver, in Birkenhead, on May 9.
Ian Cowell, who will be auctioning one of his guitars on the night, said: “Chris was one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met when it comes to music and playing percussion.
“He was full of life – and totally eccentric! He was a bit of a practical joker and was full of the most bizarre knowledge!”