RIP Bowie: East Yorkshire mourns

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David Bowie has died at the age of 69: We look at the links the popstar had to East Yorkshire

David Bowie brought The Ziggy Stardust Tour to Bridlington with a date at The Spa in 1973.

June 28 was the day that Bowie turned out to promote the studio albums The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Aladdin Sane.

Joining him on that tour was Driffield drummer Mick “Woody” Woodmansey who left Hull to join David Bowie in London in 1969.

Mick said: “A short time later Bowie phoned me and said ‘Mick says you’re a great drummer, I want you to come and join us’.

“So we started, at first as David Bowie and Hype, later as the Spiders. We worked hard and played hard, brilliant times with tours, TV and radio.”

The news of David Bowie’s death was confirmed in a post on his official Twitter and Facebook feeds just before 06:30am on Monday 11 January 2016.

The artist’s hits include Let’s Dance, Changes, Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel Rebel and Life on Mars.

Guitarist John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson was also Bowie’s sideman, music collaborator, accompanying musician and friend.

Hutch wrote a book in 2014 called ‘Bowie & Hutch’ on his experiences of touring the world which was published by Bridlington company Lodge Books.

David Bowie in concert

David Bowie in concert

Hutch said: “David was streets ahead of all the other musicians in terms of song writing and performance skills.

“Most people tend to find the most interesting thing about me is David Bowie. Most people ask about him when they talk to me.”

The days of touring the world in 1973 with ‘Spiders From Mars’ are the days Hutch cherishes most.

Were you at the gig at the Spa Bridlington on 28 June 1973? Tell us any stories or send any pictures you may have from the event to newsdesk@bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk

What is your favourite David Bowie song?

What is your favourite David Bowie song?