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John Perrin - Sadly Missed

It is with sadness and regret that I have to report the death of club committee member and sound / lighting engineer John Perrin who passed away on Friday 28 March 2008 at St Michaels Hospital, Enfield at the age of 62.

He felt ill whilst on holiday and on his return was admitted to Chase Farm Hospital where he was diagnosed with the latter stages of pancreatic cancer. Deepest thanks to the McMillan nurses, district nurses and staff at both Chase Farm and St Michaels for their concern, help and kindness.

John was a club committee member who provided sound and lighting engineering for the club jam nights and events including the Sunday Sessions at Broomfield Park.

Long standing regulars will remember him in better days sitting behind the desk at Forty Hall next to club DJ & friend BEAR of Alice's Restaurant Rock Radio fame and perched up on the lorry at Trent Park Balloon Festival busily tweaking the dials or nipping through the maze of equipment.

What most members did not know was the esteemed company he had provided technical services for over the years. He truly was a master of the sound and lighting engineering arts. He was part of the crew for Liquid Len & the Lensmen, renowned lighting technicians for Hawkwind, Motorhead, Peter Gabriel, Chaz n Dave and provided sound/lighting services as house engineer/technician for the well respected 'Camden Palace' in London as well as touring the world with some of the biggest names and most well respected musicians in the business.

His touring days ended after a heart attack which slowed him down but couldn't keep him away from the live music or other activities he loved and he was a member of several tape recording, computing and radio clubs in the area. His expertise was instrumental in making our jam nights and events so special and making us sound so good!

When our weekly jam nights came to a close, John continued to support local bands, doing sound for us and other local events like Hilly Fields annual music on the bandstand. He was also an essential member of Roxi & the Blue Cats and a personal friend who will be sorely missed.

John Perrin's funeral was held 2.15pm on Monday 14th April 2008 at:
New Southgate Cemetery,
Brunswick Park Road,
New Southgate,
N11 IJJ.
Cemetary Tel: 020 8361 1713

I met John's cousins at the Co-op funeral directors in Southgate whose staff were polite and sympathetic. Despite the sad circumstances, it was lovely to meet his family and share memories of his life. They kindly invited me to join them in the funeral car and we were driven down to the Cemetary at walking pace accompanied by John's friend Neil following the procession on his bike. Arriving at our destination we saw a crowd of John's friends gathered in the sunshine on the gravelled car park at the front of the Chapel and after a few murmured greetings we entered to the sound of one of John's favourite blues tracks 'As The Years Go Passing By' performed by Gary Moore.

It was a lovely service read by Father John Brenan, after which we gathered outside to introduce ourselves and look at the wreaths (see below). As well as Neil & myself there were several club members present, including DJ Bear, Janet, Angie, Jane and Steve. Also attending the funeral were John's friends from the Enfield Radio Club, Enfield Computer Club and North London Tape Club.

We organised a memorial gig/jam for John to be held in the evening of the 14th April 2008 at our old stomping ground Forty Hall Banqueting Suite, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA.

It was a laid back evening with members taking turns to play, special thanks to Janet who was in charge of the guest list, DJ Bear, Jon who stepped in at the last minute on the P.A., Jim who arrived early to set up the electric drum kit, Rick, Steve & Phil for providing amps and Arthur who lugged all the gear in and out!

We had some great performances from all participants: Steve (lead guitar & vocals), Rick (rhythm guitar), Phil (bass guitar), Neil (guitar & vocals), Les (bass guitar), Dave (bass guitar & keyboards), Jim (drums), Caroline (vocals & harmonica) and hubby John (lead guitar) who it turns out is a pretty good drummer!!

Maggie from the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was in attendance with leaflets at the door for anyone who wanted to know more about the illness. Several people made donations including the club which totalled £126.00 so thanks folks for supporting a great cause!

The Club has also decided to support two charities this year, The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and MacMillan Nurses who have been invited to attend events we organise. Please DO NOT send money to us ... if you would like to donate to a charity, you may do so directly via their website or to the authorised collector at the events.

His spirit will live on in the music we play .....


Founder & Organiser
Electric Blues Club

Related Links & Articles on John Perrin
Jonathan Smeeton lighting technicians known as Liquid Len & the Lensmen.
Liquid Len Wikipedia Entry
Chas n Dave Official Website
Hawkwind Official Website and mention on the Forum
Hawkeye on Hawkwind fansite with history of the band including mention of John Perrin
Motorhead Official website.
Peter Gabriel Official website
Sonic Attack Tour Report at Hawkwind Museum site.
Terrorhawks Hawkwind interview by Derek Whittaker at Hawkwind Museum site.
Throwing a little light on Hawkwind An article on Hawkwind's famous light-show-artist LIQUID LEN and his shiny gang The Lensmen includes mention of John Perrin from Disc Jan. 1973 by Peter Erskine
Throwing a little Light on Hawkwind article at Hawkwind Museum site.