Tributes have been paid to a man who was instrumental in setting up popular music nights and running his community centre in Finedon.
Phil Wilton served as chairman of the Finedon Community Centre Committee and came up with the idea of starting The Finedon Sessions music events there in 2008. Last year he realised his ambition to hold a beer festival in Finedon, putting one on at the community centre in April.
Mr Wilton died in November at the age of 63 years after suffering a heart attack.
His friend Kevin Buxton said Mr Wilton was “one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans of acoustic roots music it’s ever been my privilege to know”.
He said: “He was a pillar of the local community, he was chairman of Finedon Community Centre Committee, a charitable committee which runs the community centre, and he was involved in all kinds of local good work.
“He was my longest and most loyal supporter of Kontra Roots club, which I run in Finedon, and it was his idea to set up the Finedon Sessions. He said ‘you must do this at the community centre’.”
Mr Buxton said the next meeting of the Finedon Sessions on Friday, February 3, would be a tribute to Mr Wilton and would feature some of his favourite musical acts.
He said: “We have decided to put on a special memorial concert which will feature some of Phil’s favourite acts from the Kontra Roots club and the Finedon Sessions.
“We have got four really great performers. I will be doing a warm-up set myself and my own little tribute to him.”
Mr Buxton said Mr Wilton died just after returning from the holiday of a lifetime in America, where he spent time in Austin, Texas, visiting music venues.
He said: “Phil loved Americana music and always wanted to go to Austin. One of his favourite Americana acts was The Rosellys, they gave him their contacts in Austin to check out the clubs.
“He literally had the time of his life going round the clubs, seeing the local acts there and buying the CDs.”
Phil is survived by his wife Pam, son Graham, daughter Sara, son-in-law Rick and grandson Austin.
For tickets for the memorial concert, which are £6, call 07972 192266 or 01933 398377.