When we started our band, one of the first people who joined in, encouraged us and helped us out was Vicky Peck, seen here in the typically effervescent red t-shirt at the video shoot for our song ‘Pop Star’, who came to see us in the very early days and rapidly became a friend to us all.
Vicky designed our original ‘lightbulb’ merch and was an ever-present at our gigs in the West Yorkshire area, as well as further afield when able. It wasn’t just our band she loved – there were a whole host of like-minded DIY groups that her and her intrepid (and equally lovely) husband James followed up and down the country.
Vicky was a truly beautiful life-force who always had a smile on her face and would help anyone, either with a chat at the bar or a lift to a gig or a hand with a merch design, usually just because she wanted to support our scene, our community and our people.
A more hospitable, kind and – possibly most importantly – loved person you would be hard pushed to meet.
Sadly, we lost Vicky on Christmas Day following a return of the cancer that she had fought hard against a couple of years ago.
When I say ‘we’, I mean our band, our friends, our colleagues and most of all the wonderful and brilliant community of people that surrounded us all, of which Vicky was such a supportive figurehead to us all.
We can’t quite believe that we won’t see her out and about at gigs any more – ours or anyone else’s – but we would like to think that her memory and excellent influence will live on through the community and love that surrounds all of our bands, and the joy that she brought to all of our collective nights out over the years.
We’ll miss you Vicky. So much love to her husband James and all of the people affected by this – which we know will be a vast amount.
The only thing left to say is LOVE.
With a lot of that, and an equal ton of respect,