Dundee sisters to put on gig in memory of mum who died of cancer

Two Craigiebank sisters are keeping their mum’s memory alive with a special acoustic gig.

Lynn with daughters Leigh, left, and Kerri

Lynn Boylan was just 54 when she died in January – just over a year after she was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2016.

Now her daughters Kerri, 27, and Leigh, 24, are organising a charity gig to raise money for ward 32 at Ninewells and Maggie’s.

The gig will be held at the Bell Rock Tavern in Tayport on September 8.

Lynn with Kerri and grandson Oliver
Lynn and Oliver
Lynn Boylan

Highlights include local musicians Billy Mitchell, Alan Turner and Ronnie Falconer from Dundee band Th13ves as well as Paddy Brown, who not only plays in both Th13ves and Carousel but was also Lynn’s son-in-law.

Paddy Brown
Billy Mitchell

Kerri, a family support worker, said: “We raised money for both causes at mum’s funeral so we thought the gig would be a great way to say thank you to both Ninewells and Maggie’s for all their support when mum was ill.

“For me it is also about keeping mum’s memory alive.

“Grief is really hard so we thought if we had an event like this to focus on it would keep us both on the straight and narrow.

“We want to make the event an annual thing so that mum is never forgotten.”

Leigh, a dental nurse, added: “My mum was always so proud of Paddy and his bands. They used to sit and watch music documentaries together all the time.

“It seemed right to hold a gig for her as she loved music and everyone we have asked to play instantly said yes.

“The support we have had has been amazing and we can’t thank everyone who has already bought tickets or donated prizes to the raffles and bonus balls enough.”

Lynn was well known in Dundee with many Lochee people knowing her through her work at Greggs on Lochee High Street.

Her daughters described Lynn as bubbly, kind and someone who would always do things for other people.

Leigh added: “My mum was so funny – she always had a nickname for everyone she knew.

“When she was diagnosed she stayed incredibly positive right up until the last week. She had her own little sayings like ‘glam not glum’.

“She also loved having everyone around our house. We would always have a house full with all of our friends.”

The person Lynn loved more than anyone was her grandson Oliver, now three, who she affectionately nicknamed “Ollzie Dollzie”.

Oliver’s mum Kerri said: “My mum’s favourite person in the whole world was Oliver.

“He will look up to the sky and blow her kisses.

“Oliver has really helped us cope with losing mum and he has especially helped my gran, Norma McCord.

“She has been such a strong and inspirational person through this tough time.

“We also want to say a massive thank you to our dad Kenny, who has been absolutely amazing.”

Tickets to the gig are still on sale, costing £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

To buy tickets, email either kerriboylanx@hotmail.com or leighboylan@hotmail.com.

Kerri and Leigh are also still accepting donations and raffle prizes and are looking for a face painter to join them at the gig which kids are welcome to attend from 2-8pm.

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