Bolton Arts and Culture organisation Live from Worktown handed over a donation of £350 to the British Heart Foundation recently in memory of its founder member Paul Blackburn who died suddenly in October, at the age of 72.

The donation was raised from ticket sales to a celebratory cabaret evening held at Bolton Socialist Club.

Dave Morgan who organised the event said: "Paul was an exceptional individual with a wide reputation in community arts across the North West as an accomplished writer, performer, film maker and publisher.

"He was in turn outrageous, hilarious, daring, caring and warm-hearted offering support and opportunity to anyone wishing to further their interest in community arts.

"He is sorely missed."

The event included tributes from ten local performers in song and poetry, a selection of short films featuring or written by Paul curated by Rachel Appleton, and a set of original music co-written with, and performed by, life-time friend Nat Clare from their days on the alternative music and comedy scene. Paul’s sister Rita, with whom he founded Preeta Press, wishes to thank all those who contributed on behalf of family and friends.

The British Heart Foundation had a particular place for Paul as he benefitted from an emergency triple heart bypass over twenty years ago and the staff at the Knowsley Street branch were said to " very grateful to be remembered in this way".