Thursday, 1 March 2018

Sad news and a fond farewell

It was with great sadness and no little shock that we heard of the passing of the wonderful, amazing and inspirational woman we knew as Vanessa Lafaye.

Vanessa was a phenomenally big hearted lady and plays a very special part in the history of The Magnificent AK47, as our very first ever gig was at the "Sing for Laughs" event she organised and invited us to perform at, so many years ago.  We loved the event so much we returned on two more occasions and picked up the phrase "the best Old Boy Band in the land" from her - a true accolade!

She has other connections with our village, through her appearance at the 2017 Ashton Keynes Music and Arts Festival at the first ever Creative Writing Event, which was largely inspired by knowing her and her agreeing to come along to talk about the wonderful books she had written.  She made it such a brilliant evening which was just typical of her.

She has been so inspiring to so many people through her work as an author, choir leader and singer as well as battler against cancer, and just a genuinely great human being.

It was no secret that she had not been well for many years, and not a surprise to her of passing, but the world is a lot sadder for her departure, but a whole lot richer for her having been here.

We will honour our memory of her and dedicate some of our work to this remarkable lady.

Our thoughts go out to James, her husband, and everyone else who was touched by the magic of this very special lady.

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