‘Rooster’ to be remembered at Night at the Museum in Blackburn

Craig Dunstan with Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene
Craig Dunstan with Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene

BLACKBURN Museum will tonight host the 11th Night at the Museum event organised by promoter and music lover Pete Eastwood.

The annual event has seen some major names of the music world come to Blackburn to give an intimate performance in this unlikely setting.

Previous headliners have included Nick Heyward of Haircut 100, Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook, Jade Bird and Sylvain Sylvain from the New Yorl Dolls.

This year it’s the turn of Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene, the event having sold out before any details of who would be playing were revealed.

And it will an especially poignant night as the event is being held on the first anniversary of the death one of Night of the Museum’s biggest supporters and devoted Ocean Colour Scene fan Craig Dunstan.

“I got to know Craig, or Rooster as we called him then, in the late 1970s,” said Pete “Rooster was the bass player in local band Faded Image, and our friendship blossomed through our ritual Saturday morning meets at the library cafe in town (too young for pubs then), sharing our love of vinyl records, designer clothes, and anything related to The Jam.”

After losing touch the pair reconnected at the Wickerman Festival in Scotland in 2010 where Pete was working as official videographer.

“He and his wife Tracy were walking across the field,” recalls Pete. “I asked him if they were hanging around for that evening’s headline band Ocean Colour Scene. ‘Hanging around’ he said ‘We are with them’. It turned out he had formed a great friendship with his favourite band and followed them everywhere.

“We re-ignited our friendship after that fateful meeting and regularly attended live music together over the years.

“Craig and Tracy were fantastic supporters of my events, and could always be found in prime position on the front rows.”

Both Pete and Craig were diagnosed with cancer and although Pete has been cancer free for five years, Craig died last year at 55.

“Craig was one of the nicest human beings I have ever met. It meant meant the world to me that he attended my events,” said Pete. “I knew that if I was staging another NATM event, that it had to be in memory of my friend, and did all I could to secure Simon and Oscar from his beloved band. They thought the world of Craig, so agreed to perform for us.”

Pete is to reserve a front row seat at every future event in Craig’s memory.