photograph of John Makin

 

A memorial concert was held on January 28th in Brussels, Belgium, for Warrington-born John Makin which raised €1,800 for the Warrington Branch of the MS Society. John was very close to his niece, Caroline, who was diagnosed in 2000. John moved to Belgium in 1972 to work as a quantity surveyor.

In his spare time, he was a prolific song-writer and played music with various bands in and around Brussels.

Latterly, he lived from music alone, and even had a hit single in 1998 with a novelty song entitled "Potverdekke ! It's Great to be a Belgian" which poked gentle fun at his adopted homeland and became a favourite with ex-pats and Belgians alike. (Potverdekke loosely translated means "Blimey".)

The concert was attended by 130 people, all friends and family of John who enjoyed 4 hours of music, most of which was John's original material. The 20 acts, all friends and family, some playing solo, others in bands, included John's brothers Terry and Kevin Makin and his niece Carrie Morgan, who all live in Warrington, and his son Dan who lives in the Isle of Man. John's other son Ben also made the journey over to the concert from his home in Liverpool. Unfortunately John's mum could not make the journey to Brussels again so soon after travelling over for the funeral – she too lives in Warrington and celebrated her 90th birthday in September where all three of her sons sang at her party.

John passed away suddenly but peacefully at home in Brussels on 24 October 2011 and is very sorely missed. He leaves a wife Anne and two sons from his first marriage to Mary.