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We'll sparkle for Jimmy

PUBLISHED: 17:48 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2010

TICKETS for a rock concert in memory of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen have gone on sale.

TICKETS for a rock concert in memory of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen have gone on sale.

Friends of Jimmy, who was killed the day after his 16th birthday in Bunt Ash Hill, Lee, in May will hold a tribute concert at the Astoria 2, in central London, on October 11.

Jimmy's older brother, Tommy, 26, will headline with his band Tested Material. They will perform Sparkle, a song in memory of his brother.

Builder cum singer Tommy said: "Jim was quite a fan of the band and was always going on at me to teach him our songs.

"One line is 'You made a difference here, the respect you showed was clear'. That is the most outstanding line in the song for me. It summed up who he was."

Jimmy, who worked on Saturdays in his father's Sidcup shoe repair shop, only saw his brother's band perform once at a party.

Friend and neighbour Antony Morgan, the band's guitarist, wrote Sparkle three years ago with Tommy and has taken the lead in organising the memorial concert.

The 27-year-old civil servant of Dallinger Road, Lee, said: "Jimmy loved music and had been playing guitar for a couple of years.

"We wanted to do a live event. Tommy has had a lot on his plate obviously, so some friends and I have been sorting it. It's going to be a proud celebration of Jimmy's life."

Antony and friends will have to sell 1,000 £10 tickets to fill the Astoria 2.

Profits from the gig will go towards the Jimmy Bus Appeal, which has raised £18,000 of its £20,000 target to fund a new minibus for Our Lady and Lourdes Church, in Burnt Ash Hill, Lee.

Times readers donated £490 towards the appeal by sending in cheques payable to 'The Jimmy Bus Appeal'.

Father Barry Mizen said: "The support we have received even in Sidcup at the shop has been phenomenal. We're so grateful."

The Sparkle concert is aimed at teenagers and has a south-east London line up including bands Kids Love Lies, Edit/Select, Lewie, and Magda Sinit.

Copies of Tested Material's single Sparkle will be available from Barry Mizen's shoe repair shop in High Street, Sidcup, from next Saturday. The single will be released on itunes on September 18.

Proceeds from downloads and CD sales will all go to the Jimmy Buys Appeal.

To buy tickets for the Sparkle concert go to www.seetickets.com.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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