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Status Quo book gives 5k to Shona's Smile Foundation
By Andrew Woodger
BBC Suffolk

Goin' Quoin' book cover
The book is 400 pages long and features stories from around the world

Proceeds from a book about Status Quo are being given to an Ipswich-based children's cancer charity.

Quo fan Pete Gill set up The Shona Smile Foundation to help youngsters with rare forms of the disease.

His 10 year old daughter Shona died in 2004 and her story is in a collection of fans' memories called Goin' Quoin'.

Bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards is presenting a cheque to Pete at the Ipswich Regent when the band play a rescheduled gig in January 2010.

Shona Gill met Status Quo backstage at their open air gig in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in 2003.

"It was a dream come true," said Pete. "It only happened because some people came up to us and said 'Look, we haven't got any money - have our backstage passes'."

Shona lost her life to the rhabdomyosarcoma form of cancer and the Shona Smile Foundation was set up in her name. Its aim is to provide children with either a gift or useful piece of equipment up to the value of £500.

The charity also aims to help parents and has a long term goal of being able to raise money for cancer research.

From Butlins to Buckingham Palace

Shona Gill with Status Quo backstage in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 2003
Shona Gill got to meet Status Quo at their open air gig in Ipswich in 2003

Goin' Quoin' collects together tales of fans' experiences following the band and it stretches from Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt's first meeting at Butlins in Minehead in 1965 up until they got their OBEs in the 2010 New Year's Honours.

The book has been compiled by Yvonne Hanvey:

"I came across Shona's story on a Status Quo message board and that same year I met Pete at the Ipswich Regent on the first anniversary of her death and we got talking and became friends.

"When I got the idea for the book, I didn't feel able to make money out of Quo fans' stories, so it just seemed the best idea for all the money to go to Shona's Smile.

"I'd been in Newcastle and, wherever you go, people want to tell you their Quo story and all these stories would just get lost, so that's where the idea came from.

"Unfortunately, the book is 'unofficial' and I'm not allowed to sell them at the merchandise stand so it's really just standing outside, but Rhino has put a bit on his tour blog on the Status Quo website.

"I spoke to Francis Rossi about it at Harrogate and he's really enjoyed reading it. It's brought back some memories for him."

The Goin' Quoin' book costs £14.99. It's sold 500 copies which means a first cheque of £5,000 for the Shona Smile Foundation.

Pete Gill in front of a John Peel poster
Pete Gill - Quo recorded Peel Sessions in the early 1970s

The party ain't over yet

Pete Gill first saw Quo in his native Scotland when he was 11 or 12 and he's been following them ever since.

He insists he didn't impose his taste on his daughter!

"It actually came as a surprise. I came home from work one evening to find Shona listening to Rockin' All Over The World and she took great delight in trying to tell me that this was a really good band and dad should listen to it!"

Pete's story is in the Goin' Quoin' book.

"I've got two entries in there. One which is my first memory of seeing the band in Glasgow in 1971 or 1972 and one with Shona's memory."

The book was due to be on sale outside the Ipswich Regent on Friday 29 and Saturday 30, January, 2010 before and after Status Quo's shows. However, Quo had to cancel the dates for a second time due to illness. Check their website or the Regent's website for news on rescheduling.

'Rhino' still presented the cheque to the charity at the nearby Salutation pub rather than The Regent!




SEE ALSO
Suffolk's New Year Honours list
31 Dec 09 |  People & Places
Profile: Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi
31 Dec 09 |  Entertainment

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