Concert for Luke Morton is hailed a success

Suzanne Morton pictured with cast mmbers the 'Luke Morton 21st Birthday Memorial Concert' held at the Palace Theatre to raise money for a Bursary in Lukes name at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Artsand CRY 'Cardiac Risk in the Young'. Also pictured with Suzanne is Lukes God daughter Katlyn Barsdell
Suzanne Morton pictured with cast mmbers the 'Luke Morton 21st Birthday Memorial Concert' held at the Palace Theatre to raise money for a Bursary in Lukes name at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Artsand CRY 'Cardiac Risk in the Young'. Also pictured with Suzanne is Lukes God daughter Katlyn Barsdell

Performers of all ages gathered at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre on Wednesday to pay tribute to a young Kirkby man who died at the age of 20.

Luke Morton, who loved all aspects of the theatre and was a member of many groups, died suddenly in February.

As a way of celebrating his life, his family organised a concert which was held at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre last Wednesday.

The concert, which took place a day after Luke’s birthday, included performances from the groups which he had been involved with over the years including the Ashfield School Choir and the people he had known over the years.

Also appearing in the show was Luke’s childhood friend, Luke Potter, who is now an opera singer, while the Revd Colin Barrick, from Worksop, was the compère on the evening.

Luke’s mum Suzanne described the concert as ‘bitter sweet’.

“There was laughter through the tears,” she said.

“As part of the tribute we had pieces of video footage that was played in between the acts. We had one piece of him when he was doing his first performance at nursery school. We also had a piece of footage from his fourth birthday and we played that for his birthday.

“It was because of his life that we were able to put on a night like that.”

As well as remembering Luke, the aim of the concert was also to raise funds to pay for a £10,000 bursary for 10 young people to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, where Luke was a student.

The event raised around £3,000 which brings the total raised to just under £6,000.

Some of the money raised came from the auction of LED umbrellas, provided by Tait Technologies. Luke had been a volunteer at the opening and closing ceremonies of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic games and he had been responsible for the umbrellas.