Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charity Party Will Honour Legend; Special Night to Remember Friend Missing from Picture

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charity Party Will Honour Legend; Special Night to Remember Friend Missing from Picture

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Byline: By Nigel Green

FOR nearly a quarter of a century, he captured the fun and excitement of the region's nightlife.

Photographer Yemi Sobo's smiling face was a familiar sight around the pubs and clubs of Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbro ugh.

During his life, he caught tens of thousands of people partying at some of the best-known bars in the region; marvellous moments frozen on film for ever. But sadly, while his work still remains, Yemi is gone - his life wiped out in a tragedy beyond comprehension.

Last November, the 41-year-old was stabbed to death alongside his sister Liz, 36, and her children Abigail, 12, and Steven, five, at the family home in Kenton, Newc astle.

Liz's ex-partner Neil Crampton is awaiting trial accused of their murders.

The crime has shattered the lives of Yemi's mother Tunde and her one remaining son Yinka. But on November 11, Tunde, 74, and Yinka, 46, will join more than 1,000 people at a party at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead to remember the family.

And the crowds will be able to see no fewer than 7,000 of Yemi's photographs flashed across a giant screen.

Organisers are hoping to raise money for the Abigail and Steven Crampton Trust, which was set up in memory of the children. Abigail was a talented musician and the plan is to raise at least pounds 25,000 to help other musical youngsters achieve their ambitions.

Organisers also plan to raise cash for the haematology unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Yemi was treated for the sickle cell condition from which he suffered. But they also hope the guests will simply revel in the memories evoked by Yemi's work. Bob Senior, who runs a chain of bars in the region and was friends with Yemi, said: "It's going to be a really good night. It should be really nostalgic with people being able to see photographs of themselves from all those years ago. …

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