Popular Burnley singer has died

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A BURNLEY bride-to-be’s wedding day was tragically just too late after her terminally ill partner’s health drastically deteriorated on the day.

Well-renowned club singer Ian Greenwood (55) better known by his stage name Ian Stevens, had been due to marry companion of 35 years Miss Julie Dyson on Monday, but was too ill and died on Tuesday.

He had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer 14 months ago and the couple had just been waiting for a break in his treatment in order to share their vows.

“We were at the hospice, where we were due to get married, on Monday but he was just too poorly,” said Julie, describing Ian as her best friend. “Everything had been set up by the hospice, who were wonderful, but he just wasn’t well enough and slipped out of consciousness.”

Born and bred in the town, Rosehill resident Ian became a familiar face on the Burnley pub and club circuit after getting his break at a young age.

“The turn at Daneshouse Club, I think it was, had not turned up and so Ian played a set,” said Julie. “He was only 14 but that is where his love of music and performing live probably started. There was not a day went by when he was not on the computer composing backing tracks or doing something with music. He was always trying to improve himself,” said Julie.

A talented guitarist and keyboard player as well as singer and comedian, he played in bands International Rescue and Northern Souled and was even playing live up until just six week ago.

“He just loved it and no matter how ill he was he just wanted to play. Music was his obsession but he was a really big family man as well. He also loved his football and was a big Liverpool supporter.”

Julie added: “We would also like to thank the hospice staff for all their amazing help, as well as Tricia and Alex who have been wonderful.”

Ian leaves behind Julie, his children David, Steven, Tracey and Ian, siblings Julie, Val, Sylvia and Chris and grandchildren Leo and Ewan.

His funeral takes place at Burnley Crematorium on Tuesday at noon and donations are being accepted for Pendleside Hospice. A wake will be held afterwards at Burnley Miners’ Club.

A Facebook page has also been set up and can be found by searching “loving memory Ian Stevens”.