Family of Davy Jones are guests of honour at premiere of Monkees’ musical in Manchester
Davy’s sisters Beryl Leigh, from Cheadle, and Hazel Wilkinson, from Accrington, were among the VIP guests at the launch night of Monkee Business.
The Openshaw-born heart-throb died suddenly in February, aged 66. Producers announced in response that their show’s two-week run at Manchester Opera House would be dedicated to him.
Read Dianne Bourne’s review of Monkee Business here
Last night his family said they felt it was a fitting tribute to the singer’s legacy.
Beryl said after seeing the show: “It was very emotional for me, but very good too. We all wanted to come together tonight to support the show.”
Sister Hazel said: “We just love the music of The Monkees and whatever these young boys go on to do we just wish them the very best with their careers. They are just at the beginning of their careers, while David did some wonderful tours all around the world.”
Beryl added that she was sure her brother would have headed to support the premiere, particularly as it was held in his home town. She said: “David was very proud of his roots. It’s actually become very fitting for the show to open here in Manchester.”
Celebs at the red carpet premiere last night including Coronation Street stars Brooke Vincent, sporting a funky oversized green faux fur handbag, Cath Tyldesley, Jimmi Harkishin, comedian Jim Davidson and former Hear’Say singer Suzanne Shaw.
There was also a large contingent of Monkees mega-fans, who arrived in 60s costumes and t-shirts in honour of their idols.
A collection was made on the night for one of Davy’s favourite charities, the Multiple Sclerosis Society.