Guitarist Oli Brown hurt in New Zealand fall

Norfolk guitarist Oli Brown has been injured in a fall after a gig on the other side of the world - but has vowed his concert in Norwich this weekend will go ahead.

The 21-year-old tumbled over a low wall after the charity concert in New Zealand raising money for earthquake victims.

He suffered a hairline fracture to his pelvis and a compressed vertebra in the 3m tumble into a garden.

Manager and father Graham Brown said Oli spent a night in hospital and was now on his way home three days later than scheduled.

'He is on crutches and painkillers, but was adamant his sell-out Norwich gig on Friday goes ahead, even if he has to sit down or lean against something,' he added.

The sell out concert is at the Maddermarket, before a few days' break at the start of a UK tour.

Oli was one of the stars of the New Zealand gig, making the 24-hour 12,000-mile flight with his band to play in front of 5000 people in an outdoor concert, and leading a massed version of Hey Jude at the finale.

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It was afterwards when the band arrived at the home of one of the organisers that the accident happened.

The singer-songwriter from Sco Ruston near Coltishall put his extended stay to good use, with him and bass player Ron Sayer from North Walsham, borrowing two acoustic guitars to pen some new songs.

More information at www.olibrownband.com

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