Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Phil Davidson 's Wake In Halifax


After Phil's Wake in Halifax yesterday . 
Prior to the Wake, there was a private family Celebration of his life at The Chapel of Rest .
 I led the Speeches at this event and spoke on behalf of the Family...

"......Hi , I'm Tony .
 On behalf of Iris, Rowena ,Bryn and all the family, I would like to thank you all for coming here today . ( Read Out Printed Running Order ) 
After me , both Sam & Jasmin wll also speak about Phil. Plus Brian has kindly put together a Slide Show of Phil's Life . 
Also the Family have selected some of Phil's Music Tracks for you to hear...Also to remind you that you are invited to a Wake For Phil at the Old Post Office Pub ay 1pm ( just a short walk down the road from here ) 
Now Me & Phil were friends for over 60 years.Aged 11 ,we first met in 1963 at Clare Hall School ( just 100 yards from here: just up the road). We all have our different personal memories of being with Phil. I've been asked to tell you some of mine.But how can you cover 60 years in 5 minutes!?
 Enough to say that I thought he was the best friend I ever had.
 I was telling Bryn last week that I never met anybody who ever had a bad word to say about him ( a very rare thing! )' I knew Phil through School, and when he joined the Army ( eg serving in Belfast ) .When he was in the Fire Service : and when he worked for The Royal Mail .
 I knew his Mum & Dad .(Bob & Madge) I also know his two children ( Bryn & Rowena) . And of course his Wife Iris who I have seen ( especially recently ) give him total Love & Support during his Illness . I dont really have the words to describe my admiration for that support she gave to him . A very brief history of some of my times. with Phil. 
Aged 16 I went with him to Ireland .First staying with his family there on The Falls Road , then ,afterwards hitch hiking & camping all the way to Dublin . I dont remember much about the trip other than Wild Swimming in Loch Neigh : Us both meeting Mike Love from the Beach Boys in a Youth Hostel somewhere onroute and Staying in a Youth Hostel in Dublin opposite the city's Womens Prison ( we were two 16 year old lads and that seemed very important to us at the time!).....other than that, I dont remember much as we were a mostly pissed! 
A year earlier 6 of us lads from Clare Hall stayed in a Caravan in Great Yarmouth ( the first time either Phil or me have ever been on a holiday without our parents ) Id love to tell you more but " What Happens in Great Yarmouth , Stays in Great Yarmouth" ;) 
Over the years, we took other trips together including The EastEnd of London ( which I think started his love of West Ham United?), Youth Hostelling in The Lakes:;Walking The Pennine Way together:
 Phil also taught me to drive although ,afterwards he was a passenger when my wheel dropped off on Odsal Roundabout ( opposite the old Police Station there) And on the M60 my car stalled in the 4th lane & the bonnet flew up blinding us.Phil had to get out & help push the car across traffic onto the Hard Shoulder . I think Phil probably wished he hadnt taught me to drive at all after that! So Many Other Memories! Buy me a drink at The Wake and I might tell you more! 
Other than that just one more story . When me Ken & Phil went out drinking in our later years in Halifax or Manchester ( Think "Last Of The Summer Wine") We would tell each other stories about "Famous People We Have Met ". Phil would always win that competition by dining out on the time that,in the Fire Service, he was doing ( some sort of) Safety Inspection at the Shay/ Halifax Town ( again just up the road from here).He went up to Brian Clough and asked him to move from the pitch. Clough told him "Young Man Please F-Off". Instead of being upset , Phil was so Proud and went around proudly telling his collegues. 
Anyway Phil .I will miss you but feel honored to have been your friend. 
Finally .The Family have asked me to read this out to you. "IF LOVE COULD HAVE SAVED YOU, YOU WOULD HAVE LIVED FOREVER " ? 
Plus Diary ? then Sam & Jasmin......"and Toast at the end with Bryn

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Phil's Birthday


My friend of 60 years Phil got married just a week ago to Iris . (He died last Sunday ) . 
Today was Phil's Birthday . We went out to mark this tonight. around Halifax with Phil's son Bryn ( my Godson) & 2 cousins & Marc & Ken . 
I love taking photos , but thought it would be "disrespectful" tonight to take any snaps . Then up pops the Landlord of The Royal Oak in Halifax , just before I left , asking to take a photo for the pub's facebook page....... Which is all a bit ironic as Phil thought facebook was bollocks!

Sunday, March 17, 2024



Phil died early in the morning of Sunday 17th March at home with his Wife Iris by his side.

Friday, March 15, 2024

True Love Ways


They Have been Partners for 20 years and today Phil & Iris got married in Halifax. 
"Love " is a much overused word .
This is what True Love actually looks like 
Two Beautiful & Brave People X

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Last Orders

Me, Martin , Hydn & Phil in Manchester in 2022


Sadly Phil recieved the news ( late Friday 8th March ) that his Cancer was now aggressive and "all"  that can be offered is Palliative Care.
 My brother Ziggy seems to be mending slowly . 
Huffy tells me that Hydn's pancreatic cancer is also agressive and he has only only been given 6 months. Huffy wants us to meet up for a "last drink" in Rochdale soon .Which will be both strange and moving 
.I doubt there will be photos.......

Saturday, March 02, 2024


Or George Galloway..who knows

As Promised Don I'm back ! 
My  abstinence was not intentional !
So.... pics of the gig at Bury Met will have to wait until next week. 
Plus  soon I promise to share a Retrospective of some of my photos from the last missing 6 months;
So...This week:My Brother is out of hospital now but still very weak
Phil has been in hospital again this week and will see the Doc on Monday ( fingers crossed )

Sunday, June 11, 2023

𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐁𝐚𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐀 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐬𝐞

I have felt proper shite most of this week.
 Gum& teeth infection , asthma , earache , head & neckache . I've felt my age ( 70 ). 
 I spent most of yesterday afternoon trying to catch up on my sleep. [Which thankfully , i did . ] 
It being sunny & warm and I kept thinking I should be " out having fun " Still. " Mustn't Grumble " ... Anyway , Cath dragged me out to The Shoulder of Mutton in Mytholmroyd tonight for a drink in The Beer Garden. .
 Thankfully , all the Big Boys were inside watching Manchester City on the telly. Not a bad photo , considering..... not bad for a corpse .....?

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Puzzling In Sowerby Bridge

A contemporary Yorkshire reenactment of  the 1952 Hollywood movie
a link to photo gallery ➼

Saturday, May 20, 2023

𝑰𝒏 𝑺𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝑶𝒇 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝑲𝒆𝒚.......

I've not posted here for ages. Soz. 
 All is good with me , hopefully i will be more frequent here during the Summer. 
This is a photo I took in Hebden Bridge today.


Monday, February 27, 2023

Wild Horses

a clip here  of a young couple from Hexham from the audience . 

Martin  had met them once after a gig in the North East . They got chatting and , backstage, sang to him one of his own songs 

He then told them that they sang it better than he did, and promised them "one day you will sing that on stage with me" and tonight in Hebden Bridge , for the first time, they did!

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Sunday, November 27, 2022

All The Young Dudes

  Me ,in white,  throwing some glorious "Sid Viscous Shapes" :)