Much-loved man of the Doncaster music scene dies aged 61

Paul Bellamy - aka Mo - and Dennis Locorriere taken last year at the Civic Theatre. Mo, from Edlington, died on Sunday after a long illness.

Paul Bellamy - aka Mo - and Dennis Locorriere taken last year at the Civic Theatre. Mo, from Edlington, died on Sunday after a long illness.

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FRIENDS of a much-loved legend of the Doncaster music scene have vowed to grant his dying wish for them to produce a very special album.

Mo Bellamy, 61, of Broomhouse Lane, Edlington, died at Doncaster Royal Infirmary on Sunday after a long illness.

Work will soon begin on the album he asked to be made featuring the work and talents of his many friends in the music industry including Doncaster rock/folk band Stafford Galli and The Paul Gibbard Blues Band.

Close friend Annette Ramsay said: “Everyone from all walks of life loved Mo. No-one ever had a bad word to say about him. If anything ever needed doing, then Mo would be there to help.

“I first got to know him at The Leopard, where he used to volunteer to help out bands. He absolutely loved all kinds of music. I don’t think he knew just how much and how many people in town loved him.”

An engineer by trade, Mo - who grew up in Mexborough - made jewellery by hand. He was also proud to be a black belt in Shukokia Karate.

Mo’s mother and sisters live in Australia and Mo almost went out to join them but after a big farewell party at The Leopard, he returned homesick to Doncaster just months later, complaining of the heat and spiders.

Martin Ferguson, the frontman of Stafford Galli, said: “Mo was a kind and honest man whose grace and selflessness cannot be measured by words alone, a true supporter of everything the band and I have ever done and his actions cannot be appreciated enough by all who knew him. The world won’t be the same without him.”

Drummer Dean Cousins, 49, added: “Mo used to push us all to be better. I played better when I knew he was there.”

Friends Hannah and Michael Rae said: “Mo has been a great friend and support to us both over past 20 years. His honesty made us smile, he spoke from the heart and he spoke the truth.

“He was a friend, a father figure and a true gentleman who loved his music, his hand crafted jewellery is still worn by us both today so a part of him will always be with us.

“We miss him deeply and our homecoming visit for Christmas to Doncaster will not be the same without him.”

A cremation service will take place on Tuesday at 11am at Rose Hill Crematorium in Cantley.