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The Sussex express on Jezz

On 5 Sep 2008 at 1:34pm juju wrote:
Am i being dim or did the Sussex Express forget to place the article on the Passing of Jezz Bird, on the front cover they say look on page two, where is it. This is an utter disgrace.
On 5 Sep 2008 at 5:31pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
Not their finest hour. I imagine that someone got a bollocking for it.
On 5 Sep 2008 at 6:46pm hound wrote:
I can't belive the SUSSEX EXPRESS has done this hope they are ashamed of themselfs, feel sorry for the family. The express should make a large donation to st peters and st james hospice for there cock up. Back in the days of letter press things like this would not of happened, it just goes to show that checks are not done any more and the presses are just left to run. SUSSEX EXPRESS IS A DISGRACE FOR A PAPER NOW THAT JOHN HAS LEFT.
On 5 Sep 2008 at 8:31pm On the ball wrote:
Has John gone then?
On 5 Sep 2008 at 8:41pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
The omission of the "full report" is not only a dreadful error by the Sussex Express; it is very disrespectful to the man and his family, friends and fans.
On 5 Sep 2008 at 8:58pm juju wrote:
This seems to be typical of a paper that is so far up the arse of the likes of Bills and Myles Jenner that its forgotten that its in circulation to serve the population of the area not just the few. so much goes on that is reportable yet still we pay for a couple of pages of news and the rest full of adds this is comparison to their sister papers who seem to approach their catchment areas with a sharpened pencil and new note pad to fill up each week.
Shame on you Sussex Express who response to my email was that "this was a production error and that the article will appear next week." Not good enough!! A terrible mistake which many people will be offend by.
On 5 Sep 2008 at 9:12pm Sally wrote:
i really agree with you JuJu. i had something serious happen to me once, which i phoned up to tell the paper about, thinking it would be followed up. The public would have wanted to know. If they had followed it up and written something it might have stopped the exact same incident happening to another lady, a few months later at the same spot, and did get in the news on the front page. I was so disappointed.
On 5 Sep 2008 at 9:15pm hound wrote:
May be the the sussex express should have a name change::: BILLS PAPER then he can make even more money for crap things
On 5 Sep 2008 at 9:28pm little miss naughty wrote:
He could wrap his twenty apples and oranges in it. Or use it to swat all the flies on the fruit and veg in there all the time
On 5 Sep 2008 at 9:33pm little miss naughty wrote:
that should have said twenty *pound* apples and oranges.. though that's probably a little exaggeration. I couldn't afford to shop there, maybe i could stretch to one of the lemons that roll into the road?
On 5 Sep 2008 at 9:46pm hound wrote:
think we need to get back to the express for being so lack on a great man who loved music
On 5 Sep 2008 at 9:56pm little miss naughty wrote:
Sorry, i got side tracked.
Please tell me more about Jezz, i didn't know him.
On 6 Sep 2008 at 11:32am Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
West Sussex County Time/Horsham Today website has the following article on line...
A MUCH-loved Lewes musician has died.
Jez Bird, 50, was the lead singer of 80s mod band and Lewes legends the Lambrettas.
The band notched a top ten hit and a loyal fanbase which still exists almost 30 years after they split.
Jez, a former Priory School pupil who lived in LewesADVERTISEMENTfor nearly 40 years, continued to perform in pubs and weddings all over the county and his family said he will be remembered by many as a 'great entertainer'.
Fiona, Jez's wife of 20 years, said: 'He loved music and he knew how to get everyone dancing.
'He was hilariously funny and knew exactly how to get a crowd going, he was a great entertainer.'
Fiona was his girlfriend in the early days of his career and remebered how the Lambrettas were formed in 1979.
She said: ''It was an absolute scream and I think it was the best time of his life.'
'He and his friend Doug Sanders decided they were going to get a band together and get on Top of the Pops and then three months later they were!'
The band's instant success was achieved by a combination of some successful gigs in London and the efforts of Peter Haines, their manager who they met at early gig at Hastings Pier, who helped the band to secure a record deal with Elton John's record label Rocket Records.
Fiona said: 'One of the first times they were in a recording studio was in Tooting.
'I remember a chap rolled up in a car and a scruffy suit, and it was Pete Waterman!
'He suggested they did Poison Ivy.
'They recorded it and within a few weeks it was on the radio.'
Pop guru Waterman's choice of single proved to be a good one and the band's cover of 1950s Leiber and Stoller tune reached number seven in the national chart and sold more than 250,000 copies.
They received a lot of attention at the time but Fiona said Jez was very level-headed about it despite often being recognised on the street and appearing on TV.
The Lambrettas recorded two albums and another top twenty hit Da-a-a-nce and toured Europe with Madness before disbanding in 1983.
Doug Sanders, a Priory School friend who formed the Lambrettas with Jez and now lives in Cooksbridge, said: 'Musically I'll remember him as a perfectionist, and a very good songwriter and performer.
'We spent a lot of time together, for four years or so I spent most of my time with him in hotel rooms. venues or recording studios.
'He was a real laugh and an honest fella who everyone liked.'
Jez continued to write songs and play in pubs and was a very popular performer at weddings.
He died on August 27 after a battle with cancer and is survived by Fiona and children Henry, 18 and Charlie, 12.
A funeral service takes place on Tuesday (September 9) at 1.30pm in St John the Baptist Church, Southover High Street, and everyone is welcome.
Family members are providing flowers and friends can make a donation to St Peter and St James Hospice via funeral directors Cooper and Son.
On 6 Sep 2008 at 4:04pm juju wrote:
What a great shame that such a wonderful article did not make it to the paper as it should have done. How hurt the family and friends of Jezz must be by this terrible cock up by the Express.
A published appology is truely not enough and does not go far enough to right such a wrong.
Such disrespect for the grieving family seems common place nowadays through out the media.
Shame on you Express!
On 6 Sep 2008 at 8:11pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
The report states that Jez died following a battle with cancer - he was only 50 - does anyone know where his tumour was?
On 6 Sep 2008 at 9:20pm juju wrote:
Spinster i am sure that sort of info is on a need to know basis and i dont think we need to know.
On 7 Sep 2008 at 11:03am Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Juju - I acknowledge your post.
The nurse trapped within tempts me to ask questions.
On 7 Sep 2008 at 3:02pm juju wrote:
I am sure that sort of info will be in the public domain in due course.
I thought i asked lots of questions, but i guess i have met my match.
Oh and Spinster i am sure i am due a up date email on you know what soon.

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