Punk Rock Stars in their Eyes to raise money in memory of actor Gary Higgs

AMF, who are one of the bands playing at the Punk Rock Stars in Their Eyes event being organised by Adam Higgs(right) at The Owl Sanctuary.
Photo by Simon Finlay. AMF, who are one of the bands playing at the Punk Rock Stars in Their Eyes event being organised by Adam Higgs(right) at The Owl Sanctuary. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
9:26 AM

Norfolk’s punk rock finest will take on more famous personas to raise money in memory of an actor who died just days after getting married in hospital.

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Gary Higgs and Stephanie Moore at Disneyland Paris where they got engaged in February 2013.Gary Higgs and Stephanie Moore at Disneyland Paris where they got engaged in February 2013.

Gary Higgs, 23, from Holt, married fellow actor Stephanie Moore at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in January, in a ceremony which was planned and held within eight hours.

Mr Higgs, who had cystic fibrosis, died on January 27.

Now his brother, Adam, 25, who teaches French at Bungay High School, has organised the Punk Rock Stars in their Eyes event at The Owl Sanctuary pub in Cattle Market Street, Norwich, on Friday, June 27, from 7pm onwards.

The event will see 10 bands perform 15-minute sets covering tracks by better-known bands, with those taking part including Southlakes as Weezer, True Lies as Foo Fighters, and Ducking Punches as Genesis.

Gary Higgs, one of the many photographs being posted on Gary Higgs' Facebook page in his memory.Gary Higgs, one of the many photographs being posted on Gary Higgs' Facebook page in his memory.

The event will be particularly poignant for the group Dreyfus, whose performers include Gary’s brothers Adam and Jim.

Adam said: “He was not particularly into music but he was an actor, and me and my brother are both musicians. We could never do anything like acting, so this is as close as we can get.

“It’s going to be loud, raucous, a bit of a party.”

He added: “I think he would have liked it. I think it would be too noisy for him – he did like rock music, but he was more into his acting. That was what was important to him.”

AMF, who are one of the bands playing at the Punk Rock Stars in Their Eyes event being organised by Adam Higgs at The Owl Sanctuary.
Photo by Simon Finlay.AMF, who are one of the bands playing at the Punk Rock Stars in Their Eyes event being organised by Adam Higgs at The Owl Sanctuary. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Both Gary and Stephanie had been due to perform in the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society’s production of Anything Goes at Norwich Theatre Royal at the time of his death, but instead the show was performed in his memory.

Adam said Stephanie was unable to come to next week’s gig because she would be performing on stage at the Maddermarket Theatre that evening.

The pub is holding the event for free, and there will be a suggested £3 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (Norfolk and Waveney), which helped Gary from his childhood through to his periods in hospital.

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