'The saddest day - gone but never forgotten'
Last month, the indie veterans announced the sad news that ‘Gilly’ had passed away, aged 44 – before the music world spoke out to remember to the ‘This Is How It Feels’ and ‘Dragging Me Down’ drummer, and fans shared their fond memories of his tours of musical landmarks around Manchester.
Yesterday, a funeral took place for Gilly. Inspiral Carpets frontman Stephen Holt said “the saddest day – gone but never forgotten” – while Liam Gallagher added “massive respect to Gilly’s family and friends – lovely service.”
Meanwhile, other tributes to Gill continue to pop up around Manchester, as support continues to build for the campaign to get Inspiral Carpets’ ‘Saturn 5’ to Christmas No.1 in his honour.
“He lived a couple of streets away when we were younger, and Craig was always the super talented one,” said childhood friend Rob McCoy. “That was one of the reasons we knew, when he joined the band at 14, that they would be a successful band.”
He added: “We were all out BMXing and he was winning awards and competitions while we were pulling wheelies. He was the best breakdancer of us all as well. We’re doing this for a lad that was the kind of person you’d want in your group of friends because he was just such a great lad.”
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Formed by Clint Boon, Gill would join Inspiral Carpets at the age of just 14 in 1986. He played with the band throughout their 90s heyday and remained when the band reformed to tour and record their self-titled, final album in 2014.
Away from the band, Gill had successfully built up his own business, Manchester Music Tours – taking people on bus and walking tours around the iconic music locations of Manchester for the likes of The Smiths, Oasis, Joy Division, Stone Roses and many more.