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College concert dedicated to father

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After seeing his father battle liver cancer a young man has organised a pop and rock music night in his memory - and to raise money for the cancer charity that supported him.

The event being held tonight (Tuesday 18) has been organised by Alex Shenton-Parkin, 20, a former music student at Sunderland College, and is dedicated to his late dad, Steve Shenton.

Enlisting the help of current music students at the College’s Shiney Row Campus, Alex has organised the event that will feature students performing hits by The Killers, Adele, David Bowie, Primal Scream and many more.

Alex, from New Herrington, had to give up his place at a prestigious music and drama school in London to support his family when his father was diagnosed with the illness.

His dad died earlier this year aged 56 at St Benedict’s Hospice in Monkwearmouth, leaving Alex and his mum Chris.

Alex said: “My dad had a huge influence on me and my love of music. Organising an event like this in his memory was a very natural thing to do.

“I can guarantee a great night of music from some very talented students. There will be something for everyone and all the money raised will be going to a very worthy cause.

“When someone very close to you is diagnosed with cancer it helps make you realise what’s important. I wanted to do something for Macmillan because it provided my father and the rest of the family with some excellent care, support and advice.”

Tony Wilson, a lecturer in music at Sunderland College said: “Alex was an excellent student so when he approached the College about supporting such a worthy cause we agreed straight away.

“The students performing have been preparing for it for a while and they sounded fantastic in rehearsals.

“Whilst we’re all looking forward to a great night our thoughts will also be with Alex and his family.”

The event to be held at the ‘Gatsby’ in Sunderland starts at 7pm, admission costs £3 and all money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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