On Sun May 12 00:31:59 BST 2002, Gerry O'Dowd (England Jettgod@Hotmail.com) said:
Thank you for all of the evocative memories - A long time fan
Sorry to hear of death of Clifford. Only heard yesterday at the Moody Blues concert at Birmingham, as announced by Justin Haywood.
As there hasn`t been a message for a while, I thought I´d write one. I would like to thank everyone who has written their kind words in the guest book. I often brouse the site and read the guest book when I´m feeling sad and reflective and missing my dad. I love his music but for me he was also a dad and it warms me to read all of the wonderful messages that have been written. I´d also just like to thank again all of those who are so dedicated to keeping Cliff´s name alive and who work so hard organising events, concerts, writing newsletters and who otherwise give their time and support - it`s so appreciated. Kind regards, Sam
Hi everyone. Today is my fiftieth birthday, time flies by so quickly. I got up early today so as I could make the most of the day. I´ve spoken to my three children on the phone, they´ll be coming by later. Apart from that I´ve been doing something that gives me so much pleasure, listening to Cliff´s songs, they are so wonderful. I checked my e-mails to see if there were any messages (there was a birthday wish from my parents in Colchester) and then I decided I´d check into the guest book. I read the last message, written this morning from Sam and it brought tears to my eyes. This is a strange world we live in, use the day and do something that gives you pleasure. Life is not the days we´ve lived, it´s how we remember them. Love to you all, John
If you haven't read Waves then you may not know that we have a two-yr-old racehorse called Clifford T.Ward waiting to go to an excellent young trainer, Kirsty Boutflower in Oxfordshire, as soon as we have enough members in our syndicate to fund his training. Kirsty has offered us a good deal and is very keen to have Clifford, especially now we know that his sire, Silver Wizard, is putting speed into his progeny ( two runners so far, and both have won!). If you would like to come racing as an owner, at not more tham £60 per month, just send me your name and email address or phone number, and when the group has reached twelve or more I will let you know.Alan Kenworthy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 643 6863.
For me, Clifford's passing is the saddest news since that of John Lennon's death. I only heard of the news last week (stunned doesn't come close). Like Lennon's, his passing has stirred a renewed interest in Clifford's work by me and I am sure, by many thousands of others throughout the world. Unfortunetly, no one here in New Zealand, that I have met, has heard of Clifford or his music and obtaining CD's is very difficult (most stores being unable to supply). God bless you Clifford, wherever your spirit is now. Your like will never be seen again - of that I am certain.
It is nice to note that Virgin records, who own the material Clifford put out on the Charisma label, have included Clifford's Home Thoughts from Abroad on a new compilation album, soon to be released, called The Best of British. I thought I would let you know, if you didn't already.
Thank you for the music. "The Traveller" - JOHN 3 v 16 sums it all up.
Released Sunday June 2nd:
For Cliff and his Friends
The Tribute cd 20 Tracks Featuring School of Thought, James Davey & RIO.
Recorded live 3rd Feb 2002 at The Gainsborough House Hotel Kidderminster.
Price £12 + £1 p&p. Please make cheque payable to : "The Friends of Clifford T Ward" and send to Roy Smith 13 Oakapple Close, Astley Cross, Stourport, Worc's, DY13 0 JR. This cd is only available from "The Friends of Clifford T Ward.
in september last year roy smith got in touch with arty davies of merseycats to ask if cliff to go to a jam night that merseycats hold on a thursday night at the marconi club in huyton, liverpool. the merseycats are a rock n roll charity and are made up of the original members of the merseybeat bands of the sixties and they help raise money for disadvanted kids in the merseyside area. due to cliff's condition he was not able to travel, so it was decided to take the show to him. on the 28/10/01 at the gainsborough hotel a concert was arranged and about 20 members and friends travelled to kidderminster. the concert started at 6pm and finished at 10 pm, and cliff was able to stay until the end. sadly this was cliffs last public appearance, as shortly after he was admitted to hospital. cliff was entertained by, kingsize taylor, farons flamingoes, earl preston and the t. ts and james davey singing some of cliff's fine songs. at one stage faron was standing on cliff's table serenading him. if you live in the merseyside area and are interested in sixties music come along to the marconi club on any thursday members of the merseycats include, cliff, sir paul mcartney [ who ever he may be ? ] justin hayward for more information about merseycats please ring derek peel 01704 574261. all the money raised at the concert went to pat and cliff. if you are interested merseycats are hiring the river mersey ferry boat, the royal dafodil, on the 5/7/02 for a merseybeat dance [just like the sixties] about 5 bands will play most of the bands contain all or some of the original members look forward to seeing you in dublin. regards, mike ross friends of ctw and merseycats.
I bought my first CTW vinyl in a record shop in Dublin on a wet afternoon in early 1978. GAYE and Other Stories is my most played CD. I met him in person last summer when he came to our green shores. He was in a wheelchair by then but signed as best he could a cd of Hidden Treasures. I love the clarity of his words particularly last thing at night.
You have voted "Home Thoughts" into the 4th most favourite piece of music from the last 50 years.
Listen to the Simon Mayo show Saturday 1st June 1400 - 1600 for the full listing. You can also tune into the BBC2 webpage for the full results.
Cliff would have been so pleased to see the recognition of his music by true music lovers.
At 8.30 this morning I waved off Roy Smith and School of Thought together with a few hardy "friends" who have now set out for the Tribute Concert at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin. The concert will commence at 7.30 pm on Sunday June 2nd. If you happen to be in Dublin GET THERE and enjoy a wonderful evening of Clifford T Ward music. James Davey will be appearing and it is hoped that there will be a few surprise guests.
Please keep sending your messages of goodwill to Pat and her family. They need all the love and support that we can offer.
If you haven't already ordered the Tribute CD "For Cliff And His Friends" then send your order now to Roy Smith. (See previous guest page message) It is absolutely brilliant. Congratulations to all who have contributed so much to make this a worthy tribute to the greatest singer songwriter of our time.
His name will live on for evermore.
Stephen Bagust Secretary,
friends of Clifford T Ward.
Sorry to hear the news.
I am serving with the Army in Bosnia (having recently returned for another tour) and this is the first time I've managed to find an internet terminal. I thought I'd visit the site again for old times sake.
A lot of memories in his music. I will miss him.
Some days ago I was searching through my record collection and found a tape of various songs by Cliff, it was then that I seached the web site and discovered that Cliff had died. Please remember that your songs are timeless and a great talent, although now resting in peace, will not be forgotten.
Just a few lines to say how pleased I am that 'Home Thoughts' won 4th place in the recent 'Top Songs Of The Last 50 years' poll.
This is no more than Cliff deserved and vindicates what we have been saying all along!
I continue to play Cliff's songs on my shows on Hospital Radio Bedside here in Bournemouth on the South Coast, as I have done since I started broadcasting in 1994.
Let's all do whatever we can to keep Cliff's memory and music very much alive!
Love to Pat and Family, and all Cliff's friends and fans everywhere.
'Home Thoughts From Abroad' - fourth most popular song in the last 50 years!!! YAY!!!' It's about time I'd say!!! Don't worry, Cliff is smiling that knowing smile right now. I am off to have a glass of wine to celebrate! Love to Pat. God bless. Shameena.
A voice and songs from a time when TALENT was more important than fame. For writing such beautiful songs and seeming a pretty nice person. Many thanks from an early and continued fan.
I am Paul and I am 13 years old and I think Clifford was excelent and his music is fantastic! My fave song is quiz show because I love quiz shows all the time. Also my Dad is a fan and his fave song is wherewithall.
How wonderful to see that 'Home Thoughts from Abroad' ended up at No 4 in the BBC Radio 2 Best of British competition. Cliff has so many fans throughout the UK, if we keep spreading the message it surely must be only a matter of time before his work starts to reach a wider audience. Well done to everyone who voted for him.
CIFFORD T WARD TRIBUTE CONCERT DUBLIN 2/6/02 JUST A NOTE TO SAY THANKS TO ROY SMITH, STEPHEN, AND PETER GROGAN FOR ARRANGING THE ABOVE CONCERT . IT WAS A GREAT VENUE AND ABOUT 400 PEOPLE TURNED OUT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO CLIFF. ROY HAS WORKED VERY HARD PRODUCING COPIES OF THE CTW CONCERT IN KIDDERMINSTER, THE NEW CD BY JAMES, CALLED ~ PASSION ~ AND BOTH ARE EXCELLENT. CONTACT ROY FOR YOUR COPY. ALSO ON THE CONCERT WAS A IRISH SINGER, DAWN KENNY, WHO SANG A BIT LIKE CAROL KING / KATE BUSH, AND SANG HER OWN ORIGINAL SONGS, EVERYBODY ENJOYED HER SONGS. WE ALL DRANK OUR FAIR SHARE OF THE BLACK STUFF [EXCEPT ROY ] AND HAD A GREAT TIME, CAN WE DO IT AGAIN SOMETIME ? REGARDS MIKE ROSS
Just a note of thanks to Roy Smith, Peter Grogan, all the members of School of Thought and James Davey for a great night last Sunday 2nd June. It was lovely to hear Clifford's music being played live. I know how much work went into the event. A special thanks to all who travelled from England and all corners of Ireland. It's only after such events that you think how great it was to be present. Once again thank you all.
Pat and Liz J.
Have just returned from Greece to see that Cliff achieved NUMBER 4 out of the nations favourite top 50. Totally deserved of course but, it must have surpassed the expectations of even the most dedicated followers. I feel proud, excited, euphoric even. What a result!!! and talking about results...England go and beat Argentina 1-0. Life doesn't get any sweeter. Good to see your message on the boards Sam. Wishing you and your family well and hope to see you at a future convention. NUMBER FOUR AND ONE NIL!
Clifford T was one of Britain's finest contemporary singer / songwriters. Quintessentially British, his wonderful lyrics and beautiful melodies encapsulated the "English Condition" during the seventies with equal amounts of humour, melancholy, love and despair. He produced a body of work which I hope in time will be afforded the recognition it deserves within the rich musical history of the country. For me, at least, his music will never die. Clifford T, thanks.
Ian Gaylard your order is ready, but you forgot to send me your address. I have tried your e-mail address twice but had no response. Take care Roy
Last tuesday, at my piano resital I played "Time, The Magician"... and everyone loved it! No suprise there! Just to let you all know that many other Bahamians now appricate CTW.
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