Tributes to much-loved Morecambe musician

Dominic Clayton performing at a family fun day at the The Duke Of Rothesay, Heysham, Morecambe in August. Photo by Julian Brown.
Dominic Clayton performing at a family fun day at the The Duke Of Rothesay, Heysham, Morecambe in August. Photo by Julian Brown.
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Tributes have poured in after the shock death of a popular Morecambe musician.

Dominic Clayton was much loved by music fans and musicians alike as the drummer with top Morecambe covers rock band The Bottlenecks.

The Bottlenecks - Simon Thornton, Dominic Clayton, Martin Fleming and Anthony Gregson. Photo by Mike Jackson.

The Bottlenecks - Simon Thornton, Dominic Clayton, Martin Fleming and Anthony Gregson. Photo by Mike Jackson.

Dominic, 34, was also a solo singer and guitarist. Just last Tuesday, the father-of-two from Heysham was in the studio singing on a ‘Band Aid’-style song to raise money for children who have cancer.

His Facebook page has been inundated with tributes since his death was announced on Sunday night just hours before he was due to perform with The Bottlenecks at Smokey O’Connors pub in Morecambe.

A spokesman for Smokey’s called him “a most talented musician with the biggest smile in the business and most of all a great friend to us all”.

Morecambe DJ Matt Thistlethwaite described him as “a true gentleman” and Lancaster singer Paul Akister said he was “one of the nicest and most humble guys around these parts”.

The Bottlenecks are renowned for their covers of stadium rock classics and have built a huge following as one of the most popular live acts on the Morecambe pub circuit. The four-piece - Dominic, Simon Thornton, Martin Fleming and Anthony Gregson - also appeared at this year’s Morecambe Carnival.

Dominic, who went to St Patrick’s Primary and Our Lady’s schools, also toured the world with renowned percussion group Noise Ensemble after beating 2,000 other hopefuls to gain a spot in the band.

He performed at the Olympic Stadium in South Korea in 2007 and the 2008 FA Cup Final at Wembley.

He also worked as a session drummer for pop star Jamelia, appeared on Blue Peter, performed at this year’s Morecambe Music Festival and was due to sing at the Morecambe Christmas lights switch-on on November 25.

Dominic, who worked for Trust Medical in Morecambe, met his wife Michelle, who is from the Philippines, while he was with Noise Ensemble. They have two daughters, Natasha and Idalita.

Dom’s family, also including mum Kath, dad Terry, sisters Emma, Sarah and Charlotte and brother Matthew, are devastated by his death.

A police spokesman said they were called to an address in Heysham at 4.20pm on Sunday.

He said Dominic was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and later died in hospital. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.