Touching tribute to lad ‘gone too soon’

MCBW - 17-06-11 - Mark Tanton
MCBW - 17-06-11 - Mark Tanton
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A CHARITY fund set up in the memory of a pupil of Towcester Rock School has raised more than £14,000 since last October.

14-YEAR-OLD Mark Tanton had been a member of the music school since the age of six and played bass guitar in two bands, Behind Closed Doors and Desert Quarters.

Mark tragically died in September at an intensive care unit in Nottingham after contracting a rare form of Meningitis.

The surviving members Behind Closed Door have since recorded the single Gone Too Soon to raise awareness and funds for Meningitis UK.

1,000 copies of the CD were distributed and are now on sale at shops in Brackley, Buckingham, Bicester, Weedon and Northampton.

John Tanton from Flore said his son’s last gig would have been entertaining children at Nicholas Hawkmoor School as they registered for a new school term. Mark and Behind Closed Doors also played at the Stables in Milton Keynes, entertained thousands of Girl Guides during a camp in Overstone and were a regulars at the Towcester Midsummer Music Festival.

Mr Tanton said his son was known for always having a smile on his face and added: “He was a very happy chap, he had his whole life in front of him, but my memories of him are off his big smile.

“The Girl Guide camp was a big national event and I think his confidence had a huge boost from all the requests for signatures.”

Mr Tanton praised members of the Behind Closed Doors, vocalist Harry Mockett from Harpole, drummer Will Roberts from Finmere and Richie Haynes, guitarist from Culworth,

Mr Tanton added: “We’ve been really impressed by them. Firstly by the friendship they have shown Mark and also the compassion following his death, and the fact they are willing to do something like that. I think it is a great reflection on human nature, not only have they done it, they’ve done it well.”

Guitarist Richie, wrote the music for the single and vocalist Harry wrote the words.

Richie said they decided to something in Mark’s memory within a week of his death and added: “It wasn’t easy, but we just wanted to make a song which showed how we all felt and how we were affected by the while situation.

“While writing it I felt it had to build into something spectacular and then drop and build up again before dropping.,which was kind of how we were feeling at the time.

Mark leaves behind his father John, mother Lesley and his 20-year-old brother Paul who substituted for his brother as bassist on the single.

Mr Tanton said before Mark died his son had been a keen swimmer but his interests were beginning to move towards triathlons. Therefore for Mr Tanton inaugruated the Mark Tanton Memorial Children’s Triathlon held at Roade School in March which raised £4,500. Following that success Mr Tanton has organised another children’s triathlon to be held in Brackley in October.

The band are yet to work out how many singles have been sold, but so far the memorial fund has reached £14,673. Gone Too Soon is also available for download via iTunes.