Barnoldswick live music tribute tonight for "guitar hero"

A one hour long tribute will be held tonight in memory of "legendary guitarist" Allan Parkinson who died yesterday.

Monday, 29th May 2017, 6:16 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:29 pm
Musicians and fans will keep Allan's memory alive

Allan, who was part of the band "Dark Horse", was performing at the "Bands on the Square" (BOTS) event in Barnoldswick when he was taken ill on stage last night.

The event was cancelled for the remainder of Saturday evening and organisers agreed to go ahead with the final day after holding an emergency committee meeting this morning.

Earlier this afternoon a minute's silence was held to remember Allan. Now, musicians and fans are being asked to attend the tribute event between 6 and 7pm tonight to honour Allan's memory.

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Organisers of BOTS posted on their Facebook page: "Following the tragic passing away of Barnoldswick music legend Allan Parkinson at Bands on the Square and, at the request of Allan's family, the stage on the square will once again filled with music.

"Today is a tribute to Allan. We will be playing a track of Allan's during this afternoon and holding a minutes silence for an inspirational man of music "

In addition, a spokesman for Dark Horse said: "Thank you for everyone's kind words and help yesterday. We are all understandably devastated and shocked at the sudden passing of Allan Parkinson, but take great comfort in knowing he died doing what he loved the most surrounded by his friends and family.

"There is a tribute between 6 and 7 today at BOTS. Please go down and show some support for Barnoldswick's guitar hero x"

Devastated fans took to twitter last night after Allan was taken ill.

One tweeted: "Horrible news coming from Bands on the Square tonight."