Widow takes to the stage for memorial concert

THE widow of a respected Morpeth teacher is taking to the stage for a fund-raising concert in his memory.

Ken Allott, who taught geography and geology at King Edward VI School, died of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in May at the age of 65.

Among many interests, he was a patient representative on the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) committee looking into non-invasive ventilation for sufferers of MND and his input was instrumental in persuading the group to recommend its greater availability.

Now his widow Caroline will be joining fellow members of award-winning choir Werca’s Folk in a concert to commemorate Mr Allott that will raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A second soprano, she has been with the choir for 15 years.

Werca’s Folk Founder and Musical Director Sandra Kerr said: “We wanted to do this concert to honour the memory of Ken. He was a great supporter of the choir and, following his wishes, we sang at his funeral.”

The concert will take place at Warkworth Memorial Hall tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm, with a wide ranging programme, from Northumbrian folk compositions to modern classics.

Tickets cost £4, £3 concession, and are available on the door.