Soho Square 2017

Sunday 8th October 2017

Meet as usual in Soho Square at noon, then an afternoon of the usual malarkey (drink/chat/drink/sing/drink some more etc etc) will follow.  The Spice of Life pub in Soho is all booked and ready for the throng.  Party on!

To quote Karen in the Facebook Kirsty Fan Gang, “We have a few songs a few words a few tears around the bench in Soho Square, then go to a local bar where lovely people sing Kirsty songs. We have a few drinks chat about stuff, have something to eat. It is a really really nice afternoon spent with really nice people who all love Kirsty & her music, highly recommended”


Cozumel Bench unveiled to the world

The ceremony took place in Chankanaab beach adventure park in Cozumel at about 17.30 on Thursday 28th July 2017.

The under-secretary for tourism in Mexico was there as well as the minister for tourism for Quintana Roo, the region in which you find Cozumel and Cancun. There were also representatives of the governor of Quintana Roo and the British ambassador to Mexico Duncan Taylor and his wife Beatrice. Everyone was very nice.
While the last governor had shown no interest in helping at all the new governor, Carlos Manuel Joaquin Gonzalez, had immediately offered his help when told of Kirsty’s story and it was his help that really got things moving.

The scene was set in the park. A marquee roof (too hot for walls), several rows of chairs, a pa system and a podium and a small stage. The bench was hidden behind curtains.

They played “in these shoes” which sounded just right. A young lady introduced each of the speakers who took it in turn to say a few words. I did my bit which was difficult.

Then I went with the Ambassador and we pulled the cord that drew back the curtains to reveal the bench. The quote and Kirsty’s drawing of a bird are very touching.

All of this took place in a temperature of 39C and 95% humidity.
Mum would have been very happy. She heard that this ceremony was going to happen a week before she died. It was almost as though she was hanging on for this moment.

Well, a thank you to all the fans who have supported the campaign, you kept us going . . . and a thank you to my indomitable mum.

Hamish MacColl

Duncan Taylor, photographed on a bench in Cozumel . . .  will you be next?

Kirsty’s bench in Cozumel

The ceremony for Kirsty’s bench in Cozumel (Cancun) is now scheduled for the 28th July. Kirsty’s brother Hamish will be there with his wife Rosie, so the family will be represented. If any of the fans are intrepid enough to go, and can arrange it at short notice, they will be most welcome!

Jean MacColl

Jean MacColl with photo of Kirsty
Jean MacColl with photo of Kirsty

Sadly Kirsty’s mother Jean passed away on 16th May 2017, bringing an end to her tireless campaigning for Kirsty against all the odds. On top of her own long and illustrious career in dance, movement and theatre. A mighty woman – if you have not read her autobiography you should do so. Her body had been failing for a long time but her mind was still as sharp as ever.

“Please keep up the fight – Jean MacColl, May 2017”

An Empty Bench in Cozumel

An empty bench in CozumelThe memorial for Kirsty in Cozumel, Mexico is close to fruition, the intention is to have an unveiling ceremony on Friday, 28 July 2017.   This is the style of (heavy duty!) bench they propose to install, with a plaque.

It’s a companion bench for Kirsty’s original bench in Soho Square! The logo incorporates Kirsty’s bird drawing (well known from the Justice For Kirsty Campaign) and the Cozumel logo.  The latter already has a swallow included in it.  The caption will include a line from Kirsty’s song Mother’s Ruin . . .

“When you go, let me dream that I go with you”

. . . which was selected by Jean MacColl from suggestions by Kirsty’s fans.

Chip Shop revisited for charity fundraiser

Releasing a new cajun style version of “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis”.  Featuring Sarah Jane Morris on backing vocals, the CD 5 track EP is launching as a fund and awareness raising effort in support of UK Prostate Cancer.

And you can buy the download here:

Tex Pistols were THE Punkabilly unit in the UK during the 1980’s- 2000. With a monthly residency at London’s iconic Break For the Border and featuring the choicest song selection of 1st generation Rock, C&W, and Rockabilly classics, the boys were often joined onstage by visiting musicians like Nick Lowe, Doug Sahm, Carlene Carter and Paul Carrack.

Tex Pistols UK are: Philip Rambow, Paul Riley, Martin Belmont, Pete Thomas, Geraint Watkins and Bob Loveday.