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Striking a chord: First-time busker takes to streets for cancer charity
4:15pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A CHARITABLE musician who took to The Rock to busk for Cancer Research UK needed all the tips he could get — just not ones about his singing.
Bury Council engineer Pete Tate hit all the right notes during his lunch-hour renditions outside the Cancer Research charity shop.
Every day from September 4 to September 11, he played a variety of songs covering everything from Whitesnake to Rod Stewart with no microphone and just his acoustic guitar.
Pete, who was given £128 in cash by passers-by and in total has raised £262, had never busked before but found it an enjoyable experience.
He said: “All week I received a fantastic reaction — people donated generously and seemed to enjoy my music.
“I think if you have a skill you should make good use of it to the advantage of others and raise money for something you believe in.”
Pete, from Smithhills, Bolton, plays in band Mississippi Relic, and is already planning to return to the site for another busking spell in December — this time dressed as Father Christmas.
He added: “I lost a great friend to cancer last month and another a few years ago as well as multiple family members, so fighting this disease is so important to me.
“I sing pretty loudly and have a somewhat gravelly voice so thought I would be suffering by the end of the week but I am fine — no sore throat here!”
To make a donation: go to justgiving.com/peter-tate
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