Sep 30, 2003
Express & Star
More than 150 people paid tribute to a much-loved singer-songwriter selling-out an event dedicated to his music.
The convention was organised by the Friends of Clifford T Ward group at Kidderminster's Gainsborough House Hotel.
Fans were treated to a selection of his best known songs, including 1973 hit Gaye, performed by tribute acts from around the country.
They also got the chance to bid for rare records and memorabilia in an auction. All funds raised at Sunday's event will go to Mr Ward's family.
Roy Smith, spokesman for the group, said the convention had been a wonderful celebration of Clifford's work.
"The hall was completely sold out and we ended up overrunning because people were enjoying themselves so much," he said.
"Clifford's memory and work continue to inspire people shown by the number of people who attended.
"One of the items sold at the auction, an early calendar signed by Clifford, sold for £150 which was absolutely incredible."
Mr Smith said the group had also used the event to officially launch the Clifford T Ward Trust.
"We have developed the trust in partnership with Kidderminster College and it will help to find and fund the work of a young singer-songwriter.
"We want to help nurthure new talent and think Clifford would have been very supportive of the scheme."
Clifford T Ward was born in Stourport but he later lived near Bewdley
with his wife and four children. He started his musical career during the
1960s. He died in 2001, aged 57, after battling with multiple sclerosis.
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