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|In June my friend Angie discovered that her cancer had come back with
vengeance. She and her longterm partner Len Shelley, a wonderful artist,
had one of the most memorable and magical weddings I have ever been to.
It was in the woods at the bottom of her yoga teachers garden in
Winchelsea, near the sea. This was where Angie kept her bees and this
was where she wanted to live.
Tony Remy and I wrote a song that we sung at the wedding . Unfortunately a matter of weeks later Angie started radiotherapy and it was back and forth to Maidstone Hopsital. It was during this period that Len appeared to be ill himself. We found out he had pancreatic and liver cancer and it was advanced .Things happened so quickly and before long Len and Angie had a hospice at home. We all as their friends muddled together to help facilitate this and Angies' wonderful mother moved in.
Len died a matter of weeks before Angie and before the end of the year,
we had lost two wonderful friends and talented artists.
I wrote a song for Angie about our last night together called 'Heaven is Right here with You' which one day I will record. Angie was such a huge inspiration to me and there is a huge hole in my life where she once was. In November we organized a memorial concert for Angie and Len at St Marys in The Castle and so many of Angies friends were there, including her gorgeous and talented son Rufus. Alas it was to be the worst night of snow for years and so many people, including musicians coming from London and Brighton, could not get there.
As much as I loved living in Hastings, without Angie it wasn't the same! It is a place I will always love and return to!
Most of the year was spent doing concerts in Italy and UK and Austria with the band.