A VERY special annual concert is due to take place one last time at Launceston Town Hall on Sunday to honor a man who has dedicated his life to helping others.

Bob Johns MBE spent many years raising money for cancer research and care with his charity, The Roberts Johns Leukemia Fund, named after his son whom he lost to leukemia. In total, he managed to raise over £250,000.

As part of his many fundraising activities, Bob hosted an annual concert featuring his friends The Countrymen, female duo Twin Harmony and comedian Johnny Cowling.

Last year’s event, which would have coincided with Bob’s 80th birthday, was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19.

However, the team came together and agreed that it was appropriate to hold this event one last time in memory of dear Bob.

Stephen Gilbert, member of The Countrymen, told the Post: “The Countrymen met Bob in 2018 when the band were performing at their local, The Countryman Inn in Langdon Cross. With his charming manners, it wasn’t long before they were invited by Bob to join the female harmony duo, Twin Harmony, and the loveable Johnny Cowling for an annual concert at which Johnny and the girls had played the previous years.

“It became an annual event at Launceston Town Hall, but a concert on March 29, 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19 which was such a shame as it would also have been Bob’s 80th birthday. Sadly, later that same year, cancer and COVID took Bob from us and the canceled concert was forgotten.

“It was only a year later that it was reported that there were 115 tickets already sold for the 2020 concert that would need refunds. The Countrymen, Twin Harmony and Johnny Cowling discussed the situation and immediately decided to organize another concert themselves for their friend Bob.

Tickets are back on sale and existing 2020 tickets will be honored. Unsurprisingly the event, titled ‘The Bob Johns Memorial Concert’ on January 23 is selling out well, but tickets are still available online at crbo.co.uk/bobjohns or by phone on 01726 63513 or the Information Center of Launceston. All proceeds are, of course, donated to the Robert Johns Leukemia Fund.

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