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Started by: billywinston (27)

SUNDAY WAS A SAD DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALL THE WIGAN BANDS,GRAHAM HILL BASS PLAYER WITH RAINBOW COTTAGE PAST AWAY,HE WAS A FANTASTIC BAND MEMBER AND A GREAT FRIEND OF MINE,HE WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH,.
R.I.P.

Started: 2nd Jul 2007 at 23:35

Posted by: rnicky74 (1295) 

Heard the news this afternoon. Thoughts are with his family and especially his daughter. God Bless.

Replied: 2nd Jul 2007 at 23:38

Posted by: sue.64 (6879)

sorry for your loss billy

Replied: 3rd Jul 2007 at 00:06

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

So sorry to hear that Billy. I'll inform our bass player, John Lewis ( Ex Copper Kettle) of the bad news.

Replied: 3rd Jul 2007 at 00:51
Last edited by 1934granada: 3rd Jul 2007 at 00:53:22

Posted by: carolastin (15) 

So sad to hear about Graham and so soon after Caroline, god bless his family

Replied: 3rd Jul 2007 at 16:11

Posted by: sioux (11)

deepest sympathy to all his family we were hoping to visit him in september he & caroline will be sadly missed.
Frank ( voice ) and family

Replied: 3rd Jul 2007 at 20:55

Posted by: fairpaul (25)

Shocked and saddened by this news. I was at school with Graham and it's not long since I posted an old school photo of us on this site. I have very happy memories of our school days together and forming his first band.
A sad loss - deepest sympathy to all his family.

Replied: 3rd Jul 2007 at 21:43

Posted by: yvonne (179)

Deeply shocked by this news.So sorry to hear that. I've told Jimmy Dyke (ex copper kettle)who is absolutely stunned. He has very many happy memories. Our deepest sympathy to his daughter and family.

Replied: 3rd Jul 2007 at 21:54

Posted by: madscientist (4)

I am Graham's brother and will be going out to Lanzarote shortly to join our sister Glynis where we will attend his funeral on Friday. I would like to thank all the people on here for their kind thoughts and to let you know that we hope to arrange a memorial service for him back here in a few weeks time. Once I have the details I will post them here, all will be welcome

Replied: 4th Jul 2007 at 11:49

Posted by: billywinston (27)

HI BARRY,I WAS SO SADDNED TO HERE ABOUT GRAHAM,IT WAS A TERRIBLE SHOCK, I WAS DEVASTADED WHEN I MISSED HIM LAST WEEK WHEN HE RETURNED HOME,I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO A RECORDING THE BAND MADE AT JENKS, IT BRINGS BACK SOME GREAT MEMORIES,HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY THOUGHTS.
GIVE GLYNIS A HUG FROM ME.
BILLY BIRCHALL.X

Replied: 4th Jul 2007 at 15:43

Posted by: nigel (1)

Heard about Graham from Phil Ashcroft.Played in Cottage with him in mid 80s.Awesome singer.Great guy
very very sad

nige miller

Replied: 9th Jul 2007 at 00:03

Posted by: tony ben (23)

I am Grahams cousin Tony, ex Schooner.Could not believe the news. Really glad I saw him when he came over with Caroline's ashes. Tried to see him every year in Lanzarote. No reason to ever return to Lanzarote ever again. See you in the bass player's afterlife cous.
Deepest sympathy to all the family

Tony Benfold

Replied: 9th Jul 2007 at 19:00

Posted by: susanw (1)

Very saddened to hear the news about Graham - we used to follow Rainbow Cottage all over the place. I visited him last January at his Bourbon Street Bar in Lanzarote and it was lovely to see him again and now very sad that it won't happen again. Deepest sympathy to all the family - love from Sue, Viv, Janet and Janine xxxx

Replied: 11th Jul 2007 at 15:06
Last edited by susanw: 12th Jul 2007 at 12:25:15

Posted by: pamela wilford (1)

just found site,so glad everyone contacting one another at such a bad time.lost both of our best mates in such a short time, graham and caroline will be sadly missed here and in lanzorti,hope to see everyone at service.
love neil & pam. (adlington)

Replied: 11th Jul 2007 at 23:36

Posted by: rnicky74 (1295) 

does anybody know when the service over here is going to be held?

Replied: 12th Jul 2007 at 00:49

Posted by: madscientist (4)

The arrangements have not been finalised yet but I can tell you Graham's memorial service will be held in the Wigan area and hopefully be before the end of July, full details will be posted on here once they are in place. Many thanks once again for all the kind words, Graham's funeral on Lanzarote was held on Friday and was a very moving occasion for all present.

Replied: 12th Jul 2007 at 07:43

Posted by: madscientist (4)

The memorial service for Graham Hill will be held at Wigan Parish Church at 12 noon, Friday 3rd August followed by a reception afterwards in The Charter Suite, Wigan Town Hall. All are welcome.

Replied: 12th Jul 2007 at 18:06

Posted by: truckerdave (2337) 

Hello Barry, sorry to hear about your loss, give my sympathy to the family
Dave Halligan

Replied: 17th Jul 2007 at 19:39
Last edited by truckerdave: 24th Jul 2007 at 19:24:29

Posted by: mendit (1)

There really aren't any words to describe the sadness I felt when I heard this dreadful news, none at all.
Only seeing Graham at Caz's memorial a few weeks earlier and then hearing the news just stunned me no end.
I shared many a laugh with him, and Caz, and he regularly had me in tears in the years I knew him.
There are things about Gra that'll stay with me for ever I am pleased to say. I was glad to have him as a neighbour and a friend.
Barry if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
A sad sad loss of a great voice, excellent bassist and funny man.

Replied: 23rd Jul 2007 at 22:15

Posted by: madscientist (4)

On behalf of my family I would just like to thank everyone who attended Graham's memorial service at the Parish Church yesterday It was an amazing attendance which Rev Hutchinson estimated to me at some 150 plus family and friends, we were all touched deeply by this, once again thank you everybody.

Replied: 4th Aug 2007 at 09:39

Posted by: rnicky74 (1295) 

I was at the service yesterday and it was lovely to see so many people there. The service itself was very moving and a fitting tribute.

Replied: 4th Aug 2007 at 19:30

Posted by: rnicky74 (1295) 

I was at the service yesterday and it was lovely to see so many people there. The service itself was very moving and a fitting tribute.

Replied: 4th Aug 2007 at 19:31

Posted by: billywinston (27)

I WAS AT GRAHMS MEMORIAL SERVICE ON FRI, IT WAS A GREAT TURNOUT AND SUCH A FITTING TRIBUTE TO A REALY REMARKABLE PERSON, WHO IM SURE ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL BANDS USED TO LOOK UP TO,.
THANKS GRAHAM FOR ALL THE TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER.
BILLY WINSTON

Replied: 7th Aug 2007 at 16:30

Posted by: tony ben (23)

That goes for me too Billy,How can a sad day be a moving day and a day of happy memories all at the same time.
Great to see a good turn out for such a great and talented guy
Barry Glynis Janis you did him proud.
Tony Ben

Replied: 7th Aug 2007 at 21:46

 

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