• Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

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Superfan Malcolm enjoys T-Rex tribute concert

T-REX superfan Malcolm Temke got to see his favourite band live again when tribute act T-Rextasy played Middlesbrough Theatre.

Despite his dementia, Malcolm recalled many of the band’s lyrics and sang along to classics including “20th Century Boy”, “Get It On” and “Children Of The Revolution”.

He was taken to the concert along with fellow resident Christine Standley by carers at Briarwood Care Home, in Eston, Middlesbrough, where they both live.

After the show, he met the band and lookalike singer, bringing back memories of the many occasions he met T-Rex’s lead singer, Marc Bolan.

Malcom first saw T-Rex play live in 1969, when he was 15-years-old. He has a photo of himself and Marc from the concert.

He keeps a scrapbook of T-Rex memories, including ticket stubs, programmes and photos. One ticket, from a concert at ABC Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees, on 4th November 1971, shows he paid 60p for a seat in the stalls. His first T-Rex album was White Swan, released in 1970.

Julie Foster, home manager at Briarwood Care Home, said: “Malcolm is a very quiet gentleman and rarely speaks. However, he was singing along to all the songs and asked our activities coordinator Norma Dobie if she was going to share her crisps.

“It was lovely we could take Malcolm and Christine out to enjoy the show and both had such a fantastic time.”

Dawn Temke, Malcolm’s wife, said: “I was delighted staff at Briarwood Care Home took Malcom to see the show. He loved it.”