The Caring Face of Punk

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Byline: By Jane Picken

A teenage punk is rocking to raise money in memory of the two grandparents he lost to cancer.

Music mad 15-year-old Stuart MacKinnon was devastated when he lost his nana Audrey Andrew to bone cancer on December 30 last year.

Almost 10 years ago, the youngster from West Denton Park, Newcastle, also lost his grandad Graham MacKinnon to bowel cancer.

Along with 14-year-old fellow Almost Famous band members, drummer Adam McMahon and bass player Andrew Dunn, whose mother survived breast cancer, Stuart has organised a punk rock concert in April to aid Cancer Research UK.

Lead guitarist Stuart, who along with Andrew is taking his music GCSE a year early, said: "It really affected me when my nana and grandad died so I wanted to do something in their memory.

"We've all been touched by cancer in the band so we thought it would be fitting to do this and we all feel very strongly about it.

"We've been playing together for two years now and rehearse every week, usually playing one gig every three weeks in pubs."

The Walbottle High School trio will perform their own songs as well as hits from bands such as The Clash, Green Day and The Ramones at the gig in the Chadca Community Centre, Chapel House. …