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Houghton Weavers star Tony Berry dies aged 69

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Sluffy

Sluffy
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TONY Berry — lead singer with the Houghton Weavers and a man who “helped change the face of folk music” — has died at his Westhoughton home after a brave battle against cancer.
Tony was 69 and 18 months ago he told his fellow Weavers that he had pancreatic cancer and just a year to live.
He treated the devastating news, however, as he had tackled all his career: smiling through and singing to please the group’s many fans around the UK and across the world.

“He still did as many concerts as he could throughout his illness,” stated David Littler, who helped co-found the group more than 40 years ago.

Tony, David, David’s brother Dennis, John Oliver and Norman Prince founded the folk group, originally named the Westhoughton Weavers. They later dropped the “West” as being too long.
After being invited to take part in a BBC talent show, they were given their own TV regional show “Sit Thi Deawn” which ran to six series. By this time, Tony, David, Dennis and Norman were the basis of the group.

This kickstarted a career which later saw changes to the line-up and extensive touring, success and winning fans all over the world – from America, Canada and Bahrain to Belgium, Australia and Germany. They made more than 30 albums and featured iconic songs including perennial favourites like “The Blackpool Belle”.
David explained how the Weavers, with their feelgood songs and banter, brought folk music to a wider audience.
“Tony and the group helped change the face of folk music,” he said. “We had a meteoric rise and I think the Weavers proved to be the best ambassadors for folk music.
“Tony’s wonderful voice and warm personality delighted so many people.”
His trademark pure voice was silenced by throat cancer in 2014 but he came back to continue the group’s blend of music and laughter that Weavers’ fans loved.
David added that Tony was “like a brother” to him and he would miss him terribly. The Weavers would continue and would honour booked dates – “what better way would there be to honour Tony’s memory?” stated David.

Tony leaves a wife, Andrea, three children, Amy, Tom and Jack and a grand-daughter, Thea.

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/17707233.houghton-weavers-star-tony-berry-dies-aged-69/

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Saw them at the Octagon, and the Pembroke Hall in Walkden. Never my cup of tea, but always entertaining.

RIP Tony.

rammywhite

rammywhite
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Tony was in my class when I was at Thornleigh so I knew him well. He was a good goalie too. I'm the same age as him, and like him have cancer (again) with only a limited time left. So his death has touched a number of chords for me

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
RIP Tony but rammy i'm more upset to read about your ill health to be honest mate  Shocked

rammywhite

rammywhite
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Thanks Mr. Pig,
I have a progressive cancer which can't be operated on so the Christie are keeping me going with chemo, but the prognosis is poor. I won't see next season out.

Sluffy

Sluffy
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Shocked and saddened to hear your news Rammy.

Our hearts are with you.

Fight it with all your might.

We are all willing you on.

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Wow! Wasn’t expecting to hear this sad news this morning Rammy.

I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through right now.

I would like to say that from all of us regular nutters on here that we are thinking about you and your family at extremely difficult time.

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