A MUSICAL family is to take to the stage for an emotional concert in tribute to a loving wife, mum and grandma who died suddenly from a heart attack.
The concert will mark the first anniversary of the death of former teacher Liz Tatlock.
Liz, of Meltham, who had two children and three grandchildren, died last June aged 61.
Her daughter Jo Walker, 35, and son Daniel, 37, set up a charity, Liz’s Legacy 2012, in her memory.
A concert, entitled A Celebration of a Life, will be held at Holmfirth High School, where Liz taught English and history, on June 15 (7pm).
It will raise money for the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
The night will be compered by Liz’s husband Phil, 63, who will also re-form his folk band Folk’sle for a one-off reunion gig.
Jo, of Meltham, will also sing as will – it is hoped – Liz’s three little grandchildren.
If Jo’s rendition of Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from one of her mum’s favourite shows, Phantom of the Opera, doesn’t have the audience in tears then another one certainly will.
Jo’s daughter Ellie, three, will take the stage along with Daniel’s two sons Jacob, five, and Joshua, two, who will sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Phil said: “The overhead projector will run a series of pictures from the different stages of Liz’s life. It promises to be an emotional night but hopefully a bit of fun too.”
Jo, a soprano, hasn’t performed since before daughter Ellie was born four years ago.
She is back in rehearsals with the show’s musical director Catherine Williams and said: “I am a little nervous but that’s more about the emotion of it all rather than the performance.”
When the family decided on the concert Phil jumped at the chance of re-forming his old band, which last played together in 1972.
Folk’sle was a Manchester-based three-piece featuring Phil on guitar and vocals, Norman Harrison on guitar, banjo and vocals and vocalist Noreen Kershaw.
Noreen is now a well-known TV actor and director. She has directed episodes of Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Shameless.
Phil has had severe osteoarthritis for the last 10 years and can no longer play so he has drafted in folk musician Tony Downes – formerly with the Beggarmen – to play guitar in his place.
Phil said: “We have been in rehearsals for the last couple of months now and we just picked up where we left off 40 years ago. All the words of the songs just came back. They must be indelibly printed on my memory.”
Phil and Liz, who founded the Expressions kitchen and bedroom firm in Lockwood, would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 30.
Liz, who – unknown to her family – had suffered a series of smaller heart attacks, collapsed at home and died in Phil’s arms.
“The element of shock hit us very hard,” said Phil. “At our ages – 63 and 61 – you just don’t feel that it’s very old.”
The concert will also feature the Joy Belles ladies’ choir from Shepley, tenor Paul Holroyd, family friends Rod Gooch and David Haigh and Charlie Matthews, aged 10, from Scissett.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children over seven and are available from Jo on 07775 914225 or by e-mailing Jo on firstname.lastname@example.org.