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In Memoriam: Promoter Freddie Bannister (1934 - 2019)


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Message from the Bannister family:


1934 - 2019

Sadly, Freddy Bannister passed away on Sunday, following a short battle with cancer. It was, poignantly, 40 years to the day since his last Knebworth festival.

We are obviously devastated. Beyond his achievements as one of the leading promoters of the ‘60s and ‘70s, he was a hugely loyal and devoted father and husband, who would have celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary to Wendy next year. We can't currently imagine a world without him in it.
On behalf of Freddy, we want to say thanks to everyone for your support across the years - he always loved hearing about people's experiences from the festivals and was delighted whenever anyone got in touch to say how much they enjoyed reading his book.

Let the memories live on...
Henrietta & Wendy Bannister

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21 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

Very saddened by the passing of Freddy Bannister. He brought joy to so many, and I always felt he deserved to have been treated better by Peter Grant following the 1979 Knebworth Festival performances.

Absolutely. Not one of Peter Grant's finer moments.

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Given that Freddie pretty much set up the Knebworth festivals to book Zeppelin its shameful the way Peter grant dealt with him ultimately leading to Freddie's bankruptcy after Zeppelin eventually did play the festival

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