R.I.P Frank Byrne, Manchester’s Mr Nice Guy
Saturday 28th May 2016
On Saturday28th of May the world became a much sadder place… here is a lovely letter put together by my good friend Dave Starr of kfmraio.co.uk on The Casino Allstars behalf, it says it all how we feel.
First thing this morning I had a call from Diane Byrne to tell me her loving husband and my great friend and colleague over many years had passed away in the early hours.
To say I was shocked and stunned would be an understatement, I was only talking to him a couple of days ago about plans for this year’s forthcoming Manchester Soul Festival, his other great love in recent times.
Frank Byrne was one of the nicest, una…ssuming and most genuine people you could wish to meet. After his family the greatest love of his life was music, particularly soul music and he spent his life using that music to make people happy and to help others. Over the years this Manchester legend has raised thousands for various charities and made special days special for countless numbers of people at their events and parties. He was an absolute star and a crusader for soul music in Manchester.
In 2014 Frank was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and underwent chemo treatment and an operation to treat it, but instead of withdrawing and worrying about himself, Frank decided to do something to help others facing the big C.
He set about contacting various friends and colleagues with the idea and consequently The Manchester Soul Festival was born.
Many people, DJ’s, bands and artists got involved as the project evolved and in August 2015 it happened for the first time. Over 40,000 people attended the event and more than £22,500 was raised at The Printworks for the Christie fund.
This is now an annual event and Frank’s legacy to Manchester and The Christie Hospital.
Frank you were an inspiration to many and your music will live on every year in Manchester! RIP my friend and enjoy the party in Heaven surrounded by the soul legends you played all your life. Our thoughts and condolences at this sad time go out to Diane and family and we will endeavour to keep you all posted as regard arrangements etc. Please say a prayer tonight for a great man and his family and friends.
We thank Dave for this tribute as we are all gutted having worked along side Frank over the years. I will endeavour to carry on with the work with The Manchester Soul Festival w2ith even more passion on Franks behalf to make sure he is never forgotten and the fundraising continues in his name. We love you Frank xxxxx
Dave Starr of KFM radio.co.uk & Paul Kidd