PALS of a former woodwork teacher and scooter enthusiast who lost his battle with terminal cancer in November have held a fund raiser in his memory.
Friends of former Mod Paul Walsh, known as Tiny, gathered at Blackpool Cricket Club on Saturday night in his honour to raise money for Donna’s Dream House.
And Mr Walsh’s friend Gary Heckman, who knew him from the age of 14 and helped to organise the event, believes he would have been “made up” if he could see the charity work being carried out in his name.
Mr Heckman, 43, from Highbank Avenue, Marton, said: “It’s sad for him to leave us but for us to do something like this when he’s not here is all we could do.
“We’re hopefully going to do this three or four times a year.”
The evening saw around 150 friends and relatives of Mr Walsh gather to dance to some of his favourite music – including The Jam and The Who, as well as classic Motown and Northern soul records.
Mr Walsh was raised in Peter Street, Blackpool, and attended Warbreck High School.
In his youth he was a key member of the Blackpool Mod scene, owning a Lambretta scooter and taking part in a number of rallies.
Later in life Mr Walsh became a born-again Christian and met his future wife Elisabeth at church.
They moved to Hawes Side before he trained as a woodwork teacher, spending ﬁve years working at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
He died on November 22 last year, aged 42, and is survived by wife Elisabeth, son Jakob and parents, Jean and Norman.