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Former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton makes special appearance at Livewire Rock Academy's charity gig in Bishop's Stortford



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Former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton made a special appearance at Livewire Rock Academy's latest sell-out charity gig in Bishop's Stortford.

He and wife Julia saw students from the four Livewire schools – in Stortford, Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Epping – perform classic rock numbers at South Mill Arts in aid of Grove Cottage.

And Stratton, 69, joined them on stage for renditions of Iron Maiden's Running Free, Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water and AC/DC's It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll).

Former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton on stage with the Livewire students at South Mill Arts. Picture: Sian Baker (56953912)
Former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton on stage with the Livewire students at South Mill Arts. Picture: Sian Baker (56953912)

The fundraising was boosted by a rock raffle which included prizes donated by Marshall Amps and record distributor Little Amber Fish as well as a black Gibson SG guitar signed by Stratton, who signed autographs and posed for selfies with the students after the show.

"I want to thank Dennis and Julia for taking the time to spend time with our young students," said Livewire owner Simon Baker, whose students are playing sets on both days of this weekend's Bish Bash. "He's a real inspiration and an absolute showman on stage."

To find out more about the school, go to www.livewirerockacademy.co.uk or email simon@livewirerockacademy.co.uk.



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