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Austin Wootton (1930-2018)

It was with great sadness that we heard yesterday that our dear friend Austin Wootton passed away on Friday. Austin was one of the longest serving performers at UMCM, with a beautiful baritone voice, and was an inspiration to us all. His performances were always deeply moving and he offered everyone else his personal support to feel confident to perform to their highest ability.

Austin’s very special rendition of Gorney and Harburg’s Buddy Can You Spare A Dime was charged by his life story with his memory of his father coming to Coventry to work on the war reparations.

Austin was a modest and very tender man who loved the romantic songs and their stories. He will be greatly missed and we are all thinking of his family and of the wonderful moments that we were lucky to share with him.

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Buddy Can You Spare A Dime