Monday, 21 May 2012

Chorlton MP pays tribute to one of Manchester’s musical sons

Chorlton MP John Leech has made a Parliamentary tribute to one of Manchester’s musical sons, the Bee Gees star Robin Gibb CBE who passed away yesterday following a long battle with cancer. Robin Gibb, born on the Isle of Man spent his early childhood days with his brothers in Chorlton living on Keppel Road and attended Oswald Road Primary School.

John said, “Manchester has a huge musical heritage and is brimming with talent and creativity; it is stars like Robin Gibb that fuelled the creativity. I think it is important to mark this sad passing by highlighting the true impact bands like the Bee Gees had on developing creativity and talent in south Manchester.”

“Robin Gibb was an immense talent and a true musical legend. I was very saddened to learn of his death, just last week I wrote a supporting letter to grant him a Knighthood. Not only did he give so much to the world of music he dedicated his life to helping others and worked with countless charities to help others less fortunate. He will be truly missed.”

John has laid down a Parliamentary motion as a tribute and celebration to his lifetime achievements which highlighted his impact on the world of music but also his dedication to charity work and helping others.

Early Day Motion was laid down by John Leech on 21 st May 2012 full text below:

Robin Gibb CBE
That this house joins with family and friends from around the world in celebrating the life and mourning the death of Robin Gibb who died of cancer aged 62, for his work and dedication to the music industry as a writer, composer and performer both as a solo artist as well as the world famous music Group The Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice who were born in the Isle of Man and childhood residents of Keppel Road, Chorlton, Manchester; commends his untiring commitment to making the world a better place by working with many charities including Against Breast Cancer, Variety Club, The Royal British Legion, Comic Relief and the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal; acknowledges his Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music received in May 2004 from The University of Manchester; and wishes that he may rest in peace knowing that the world has benefitted greatly from his dedication and talent.

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