Gig for Alex raises £1,400 for charity

The Westmorland Gazette: Bands played to a packed house Bands played to a packed house

A KENDAL bar raised its roof to remember Alex Baron, the brave 27-year-old musician who died of oesophageal cancer.

Bootleggers was packed on Sunday and more than £1,400 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support in an event originally organised by Alex himself.

Seven Seals and Liquid Screamer took to the stage, and everyone remembered Alex's talent as a video was shown of him playing his guitar.

Friend Adam Clayton described the night as ‘amazing’ and a ‘nice way to remember Alex together.’ Sue McDonald, Cumbria's fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “The money raised is a fantastic amount - it must have been a brilliant event. That money will help people throughout the county."

Alex, a former Kendal College student, died at home on February 14 after struggling with the disease for a year.

He left an inspirational legacy through a number of hard-hitting online blogs, in which he urged people to go to the doctor if they are having problems swallowing.

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