Fun day in memory of Newbold ‘legend’ Pete Diack

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Prayers were answered when the sun shone for a family fun day in memory of much-loved Newbold man Pete Diack.

It took place at the Boat Inn in Main Street to remember ‘Sailsy’, who died after a series of heart attacks aged 44.

The day was held to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and included stalls, bouncy castle, sumo suit, bands, raffle, refreshment and disco.

There was also a children’s entertainer and face painting and appearance from children’s favourite Peppa Pig.

Pete’s daughter, Katie Evans, said: “We would like to thank everybody who supported the event but will be coming back bigger and better next year.

“The next fun day will hopefully have a proper stage and loads more acts. My dad was a legend who was loved by everybody.”

One of the organisers was Pete’s sister Joanne Houghton Diack.

She said: “I think we have raised around £1,000 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.”

Declan Coyle, owner of the Boat Inn, said the event was a great success.

“Thanks to the hundreds of people who turned out to support the day,” he said.

“A special thanks go to Danielle Edwards for all her efforts in co-ordinating and setting up the day along with Joanne Houghton Diack who tirelessly made her way round every food stall to make sure the produce was all fit for consumption.

“I would like to say a massive thanks to Sam Plumbley for providing the Music PA plus the brilliant artist/bands, plus Stuart Taylor who got the place rocking all night with the cheesy music.”

The British Heart Foundation saves lives by funding groundbreaking research, providing vital information that helps people keep their own heart healthy and through support and care for heart patients and their families.

The charity provides over 50 per cent of all UK cardiovascular research funding.

‘Sailsy’ died while working in Africa in 2011 aged 44. He was working in Sierra Leone when he suffered a series of heart attacks. His friends and family have described him as a ‘legend’, and pages of their memories are on social networking site Facebook.