Legacy tribute to Chorley's Busker Pete

A children’s music charity has been formed to continue the legacy of a well known Chorley singer and guitar player, who died suddenly before Christmas.

Peter Haseldon, 55, performed with his acoustic guitar on Chapel Street at his pitch in front of Claire’s Accessories.

Mr Hasledon, known affectionately to shoppers as “Busker Pete” or “Azzy”, collapsed and died on December 22, minutes after performing in his usual town centre spot.

Now his family and friends, including widow Rachel and teenage sons, Joe and Dan – have formed a charity, PA Sound Foundation, to support young people in Chorley in their musical endeavours.

A charity night entitled “Azzy’s Encore” has been organised to launch the charity which features the cream of the town’s musical talent. It will take place at Chorley Football Club on Saturday, July 20, and features live favourites Red Moon Joe, The Crackers, Pipedream and John Brindley along with other guests.

Mark Wilkinson, singer and songwriter with Red Moon Joe said Mr Hasledon was an “inspirational figure” to young musicians.

“All we ever talked about was music and guitars,” he said. “He was incredible, he seemed to know the words to most of the songs ever recorded, he had an massive repertoire. I would go with him to open mic nights and he would be so generous with younger or new performers.

“He was full of encouragement and advice for those going on stage for the first time and loved to watch people play music.

“Shortly after he died, several of his friends and family were at a New Year’s Eve gathering and we decided that a concert in his memory would be a good idea.

“Hopefully the money raised will go to helping kids get into music.”

Mr Haseldon’s sister-in-law, Sharon Sutcliffe said: “It was terrible to lose him so suddenly, so sad.

“Rachel and all the family were overwhelmed by the hundreds of tributes. We were stunned that he was held in so much affection by so many people.

“Rachel wanted to set up a charity to carry on his musical legacy and make music accessible to young people. Hopefully the concert evening will be a success.”

Admission to the concert is by ticket only. They are on sale, costing £5 at Malcolm’s Musicland, Chapel Street, Chorley.

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