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Amy Winehouse’s father to jazz up addicts’ party

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

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THE father of late singing sensation AmyWinehouse is to give a concert for hundreds of recovering drug and alcohol addicts.

Mitch Winehouse and his eight-piece jazz band will perform at Burton Town Hall during Burton Addiction Centre’s (BAC) invitation-only Christmas party.

BAC founder and chief executive Noreen Oliver said: “I’m delighted for the clients and for him.

“He was supposed to be at the Dorchester Hotel, in London, but he made a promise to come here and he’s delivering it.”

Mr Winehouse offered to help the BAC after visiting to learn what he could do to educate children about drugs and alcohol following his daughter’s death from an overdose in July last year.

Mrs Oliver thankfully accepted his offer by inviting him to perform on Thursday at an event held for past and present users, BACstaff and supporters.

She is now eagerly anticipating a concert expected to involve a speech featuring recollections of his daughter, who was famous for tracks including Rehab.

Mrs Oliver said: “It will be a massive boost to our current and former clients and something they will look back on.”

She said Mr Winehouse would also leave partygoers ‘a little souvenir’ to help them remember the evening.

During his visit to Burton, the band leader will stay at the Hilton Hotel at the National Football Centre, St George’s Park.

During his stay, Mr Winehouse will be given a VIP tour courtesy of former Burton and District Chamber of Commerce divisional director, Dave Bryon.

Trenton Harrison-Lewis, his manager, will accompany him to the party.

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