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Drummer and Musical Instrument Exchange founder Richard Hoather passes away

Laura  Barnes
Drummer and Musical Instrument Exchange founder Richard Hoather passes away

The founder of Lancaster shop Musical Instrument Exchange has died, aged 67.

The Visitor reports that Richard Hoather performed in many local bands in Lancaster over the years and founded Musical Instrument Exchange in 1990, where he bought, sold and repaired instruments.

The store became a much-loved meeting place for musicians in the local area.

Golly Goulding, a guitarist from Morecambe, gave him his first start at playing live, with a band called MBQ. Hoather was also in a trio called Free At Last, played drums for Citizens Band and performed with Mustang.
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He was also in a band called Sarabande with city councillor Paul ‘Woodie’ Woodruff and in Ju Ju Hand with Jo Waite, brother of Lancaster-born singer John Waite.

Born in 1949, Hoather was described by one friend as “a naturally warm and friendly fellow”.

Richard, who died on September 7th, will be cremated at Lancaster Crematorium on Thursday October 13th at 1.15pm.

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