|Smiley in his studio with the bowel cancer tie|
Smiley managed to get himself into two chapters of Lives & Times, something not achieved by anyone else. I photographed him drumming at Abbey Road on The Scriptures record, which made it into the Guiness Book Of Records as the world's longest song. I also captured him playing drums for From The Jam at their gig in Reading as Bruce Foxton also supported the book. I have since met Smiley for my next book, and he is a top bloke, as I think everyone who meets him will testify.
My mother passed away after in August 2016 after a four year battle with bowel cancer, and all proceeds raised from Lives & Times are donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer / Bowel Cancer UK charity. These two charities have recently merged to become the UK's leading bowel cancer charity. The photo of Mum was taken a few days before her bowel operation in September 2012. Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, but if detected early it can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases. Increasing awareness about this awful disease is key to reducing the numbers being lost to it. Early diagnosis gives patients a really good chance of beating it, but these rates are still too low. So this Saturday come on down to the Jagz Bar and get Smiley's excellent album, and pick up a copy of Lives & Times at the same time. If you can't make it, the book along with lots of other items are available to buy from my www.bowelcancerfundraising.co.uk website.
Once again a massive thanks to Smiley for his support 😊