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Tributes to popular Leek musician Chris Bridgett

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Tributes have been paid to a popular musician who was found dead last week.

Christopher Bridgett, aged 53, was found by police officers at 8.30am last Wednesday (June 12) at a flat above a shop in Market Place, Leek.

Chris, who was born in Leek, was a well-known and much-loved musician in the town and helped to produce a single 'Doing It For The Heroes' for the charity Help For Heroes last year.

He played in many bands over the years including Favourite Shirt, Commitments Two, and more recently the blues band of Crawlin From The Wreckage.

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Chris's father, John Bridgett, who lives in Leek, said: "Chris will be sadly missed. He had his heart and soul in music.

"He loved playing instruments from an early age. He attended Painsley School where he started his first band. You could give him any instrument and within a few minutes he could knock out a tune. He was very talented in that way."

Chris's Crawlin From The Wreckage band mate, Charlie Middleton, said: "I met Chris around 1979. He became a very good friend.

"It will be difficult to replace him in our band as he was an exceptional bass player.

"He brought a great deal to the band from his playing to arranging the music.

"I, and the rest of the band, will miss Chris terribly." Fellow Leek musician, Steve Eyre had known Chris for 30 years. He said: "Chris was a very good friend and I miss him.

"He was a funny bloke who had a comeback for everything and was good company.

"He was also a brilliant bass player.

"I have had quite a few messages from his old band mates. He was well thought of and we are hoping to do a tribute event for Chris with a few bands as a fund-raiser for Help For Heroes."

Sue Cummings, who lives in Leek, has been a close friend of Chris's for more than 20 years. The 45-year-old singer said: "Chris was a really dear friend of mine. I am still stunned that he has gone and will miss him dearly.

"He was a wonderful, fantastic and funny man who was a great support. He was so passionate about everything especially his music.

"We used to have fun jamming together and we were talking about putting a sixties tribute band together."

Last year Chris helped to write and perform a charity single for Help For Heroes in conjunction with fund-raiser Helen Fox.

Helen said of Chris: "I asked Chris to help me with the CD and it turned out brilliant.

"We had so much fun putting it together and he did it for the soldiers - not making a penny for himself.

"I am gutted that he has passed away as he was brilliant company. We had so many laughs together."

A Police spokesman said of finding Chris last week: "We were called at 8.30am on Wednesday, June 12 to a flat in the Market Place.

"There is nothing suspicious but we are carrying out enquiries on behalf of HMS Coroner."

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