Over 500 people pay tribute to former pupil Mike Collins at The Factory gig

Over 500 local musicians, friends and family came together at The Factory last Saturday (February 11) to pay tribute to former Petroc pupil Mike Collins.

Mike was a keen musician, known locally as Boxer and Saxophone Man. The event fundraised over £2,500, which will be split between mental health charities Clarity and Mind.

Organiser and musician Jim Jones said: "I can no less describe it all as an incredible evening of incredible musicians coming together for one incredible man.”

Clare Chapple, coordinator at The Factory, said: "Mike studied music with us when Petroc was formerly known as North Devon College.

“It was fantastic to have so many North Devon musicians in one room, something that rarely happens. The level of talent we have locally is phenomenal, it really was a magical night, and every musician brought something different to the stage.

“Several of our current Music Technology and Music Performance students who volunteered their time really were inspired by being involved with this special event.”

Jim added: “We raised a whopping £2,521 for mental health charities Clarity and Mind and had 550 people show up for it but most importantly we paid a great tribute to our friend Mike."

Photo credit: Stuart McConnell