Popular folk singer dies

Tributes have been made to a popular local entertainer and tradesman who died.

Fred Mowbray was a well known pub singer in Whitley Bay and North Shields due to instinctive voice.

But the 61-year-old died in hospital on November 29 after a long illness. He was laid to rest at Bockenfield, near Felton.

Fred – who had a knowledge of all songs from traditional folk, pop, dance and Irish folksongs – had been organising singing sessions in borough pubs from the 1970s.

Latterly he helped organise ‘Buskers Nights’ in local pubs and could be found playing his guitar and whistle for Tyne Bridge Morris, leading a regular monthly folk session with his ceilidh band at the Porthole in North Shields.

Away from the pubs and singing, he helped run a long established family painting and decorating business in Whitley Bay.