Folk Singer loses cancer battle

MIKE Waterson, Robin Hood’s Bay resident and member of one of the most important folk bands of the last four decades, died in the early hours of Wednesday morning aged 70, after a long battle with cancer.

The singer songwriter was a founding member of the Waterson Family Group and together with his siblings Lal and Norma was widely-accredited with fuelling the British folk music revival of the 1960s.

Jim McLaughlin, director of the Musicport festival, said: “I have known Mike for a lot of years and he will be very sadly missed.

“He was a real character and one of the most underrated storytellers of his generation.”

Despite his illness Mr Waterson remained an active part of the folk music scene, attending the Musicport festival at Bridlington Spa last year.

Mr McLaughlin added: “He used to come into our cafe at Robin Hood’s Bay on a regular basis and tells us lots of fantastic stories, I have a great deal of affection for him.”

Mr Waterson is survived by wife Ann and four children, Sarah, Eleanor, Rachel and Matthew.