Sex Pistols singer will pay tribute to Darlington’s Kenny ‘the beard’ after dying

An enormous turnout is anticipated to ship off a well known Darlington legend – as a large identify in song has led tributes to him.

Kenny ‘the beard’ Dryden died on July 15 following a protracted sickness.

The 64-year-old used to be a much-loved personality within the the town, recognized for his love of scooters and song.

Family buddy Joe Mackenzie stated: “He confirmed us such a lot enhance as a circle of relatives. After my dad died he become like a father determine. He didn’t have any youngsters of his personal however he used to be so selfless. He cared extra about everybody else than himself.

“He would have talked to someone. When you went out anyplace with him he would prevent 10 occasions to talk to folks as a result of he used to be so well known.

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“He was a real bubbly character, very outgoing. He loved his music, especially punk and ska music and was a DJ as well.”

He enjoyed accumulating uncommon data, in particular the ones via The Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd which is fronted via Sex Pistols former singer John Lydon, higher referred to as Johnny Rotten.

Kenny ‘The Beard’ Dryden and John Lydon, higher referred to as Johnny Rotten

He had solid a courting with the band, and Mr Lydon used to be amongst the ones to pay tribute to Kenny. Posting on his Facebook web page, he stated: “RIP Kenny The Beard. Loyal supporter and true buddy.

“Rest easy. Your friends John, Rambo, Scotty and ALL the PiL Team.”

He took phase within the making of The Rise of the North Star, a movie about Arthur Wharton, the sector’s first skilled black participant, who has hyperlinks to Darlington.

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Known for his generosity, he had additionally taken phase in charity fundraisers, together with one for the wards at Darlington Memorial Hospital which cared for his mom sooner than her dying.

He additionally enjoyed scooters, and had his personal selection of antique automobiles, and used to be a part of the Woolyback’s Scooter Club, which met on the Black Bull at Great Smeaton, in North Yorkshire. 

His funeral is because of happen on Tuesday, August 2.

The Northern Echo: Kenny Dryden on one of his scootersKenny Dryden on considered one of his scooters

A provider and wake will happen at Darlington Arena, on Neasham Road from 12noon and will probably be adopted via a non-public circle of relatives cremation.

A convoy of antique scooters, which is being organized via Yorkshire Scooter Alliance, is anticipated to accompany Kenny as he makes his ultimate adventure thru Darlington to the sector.

Anyone who wish to be concerned is requested to fulfill on the front to the Black Path, resulting in Glenwoods Paint Suppliers at 11am.

They will probably be leaving there at 11.30am, travelling  thru Cockerton and at the back of the hearse that leaves Whitehouse Funeral Parlour, throughout the Denes and heading up Mildred Street, going previous Kenny’s house, sooner than going to the sector.

There will probably be a suite plate, with any donations made in reminiscence of Kenny divided between St Teresa’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Family plant life handiest.

A memorial gig could also be being held to boost cash for St Teresa’s Hospice.

Bands together with Boilermaker and Kickback Generation, amongst others, will probably be enjoying at The Forum Music Centre in Darlington on September 10.

The Northern Echo: Kenny and Paul Cook, former drummer of The Professionals and The Sex Pistols Kenny and Paul Cook, former drummer of The Professionals and The Sex Pistols

Organiser June Daly, who used to be shut buddies with Kenny, recalled journeys to Ikea to have meatballs and a hotdog at the manner out, weekly journeys to do grocery buying groceries and catchups over a bacon and egg bun.

She stated: “He known as me Miss Daisy as he drove me in every single place.

He used to be a excellent soul that will do the rest for someone , and did so much for me and my circle of relatives and lots of others , an excessively pricey buddy who will probably be sorely overlooked.”

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