In memory of Simon Barker

Many of you will will already know the terribly sad news that Simon, the frontman of Heavy Load and one of the founders of Stay Up Late, passed away suddenly on 10th August’ 17.

We were devastated to hear the news, he was such a massive part of our lives and a great friend. He will be missed.

There have been some lovely tributes to Simon on Facebook and we’d like to try and capture any memories and stories that you have to help celebrate the great man’s life, and so we can show all these to his family. 

Simon’s family would like to extend an invite to anyone who would like to come to his funeral. It will be held on:

Wed 13th Sep, 11am at Downs Crematorium in the big chapel.

(Top of Bear Rd).

Afterwards there will be a celebration of Simon’s life at the Mile Oak Pub, Mile Oak Rd, Mile Oak.

All are welcome to come to both, or either, the funeral and the celebration.

If you have a story or memory that you would like to share please post them below as comments.

And here’s a wonderful tribute show from The Strange Boutique inspired by Simon’s life and music.

Thank you



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