Obituary – Gordon Shingleton

FONDLY REMEMBERED: Gordon Shingleton, who performed under the name Tony Jay.
FONDLY REMEMBERED: Gordon Shingleton, who performed under the name Tony Jay.

THE life of a Dewsbury musician was celebrated during a service featuring some of his favourite songs.

Gordon Shingleton, who performed under the name Tony Jay, will be fondly remembered by many as the lead singer of 1960s band Tony Jay and the Jesters, later known as The Peppers.

HAPPY TIMES: Tony Jay and the Jesters.

HAPPY TIMES: Tony Jay and the Jesters.

Loved for his wit and dry sense of humour, Mr Shingleton was born in Ossett on July 24, 1946.

At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Ravensthorpe and later Batley Carr.

He went to Church Street Junior School, Ravensthorpe Secondary Modern and Batley Carr Upper School, leaving at 15 to take a job at Beaumont’s.

Aged 18, he became an apprentice bricklayer and enjoyed a successful career until a back injury led to early retirement.

Mr Shingleton’s love of music began at an early age and by 17 he was frontman of Tony Jay and the Jesters.

The band were regulars on the local circuit and built a loyal fan-base before supporting the likes of the Walker Brothers and The Kinks.

The band became known as The Peppers and had a dedicated fan club, run by Wendy Hall and Diane Bailey, which sold strips of t-shirts worn by the band to raise funds for its tours.

Ms Hall remembers Mr Hibbard, who drove the band, its equipment and fans to gigs in the back of his VW van, and manager Barry McManus.

She said some of the most popular songs The Peppers performed included Some Other Guy by The Beatles, The Wedding by Julie Rogers and Mr Tambourine Man by The Byrds.

A fan of 60s music, Mr Shingleton also loved to watch Westerns, martial arts films and comedies.

His sister Denise Dacre said: “Gordon was a popular, well liked and loved man. Every one of his friends and family have their own stories to tell of Gordon as he was such a character. He will be sadly missed.”

Mr Shingleton, 64, of Fieldhead Gardens, Shaw Cross, passed away on February 24.

He was married twice and leaves behind three sons and three grandchildren.

A humanist service was held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on March 3 when a collection was made for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

DO you have a memory of Mr Shingleton or the band which you would like to share? Simply click on the link to the right of this story. Alternatively, you can send your memories to Mr Shingleton’s loved ones at denise.david@ntlworld.com and collinson7@hotmail.com.