Alan Espie with a picture of his son Chris with Jimmy Barnes at Chris's grave in Roma Lawn Cemetery.
Alan Espie with a picture of his son Chris with Jimmy Barnes at Chris's grave in Roma Lawn Cemetery. Derek Barry

Father’s mission for late son

ALAN Espie was back in Roma this week on a mission of thanks for his son.

The Tweed Coast based musician formerly lived in Roma where he was part of a band called Clockwork with his son Chris Espie and Normie Fraser.

Tragically Chris died in 2009 aged just 21 and Alan was back this week to pay respects at his grave at Roma Lawn Cemetery and thank the people of Roma who contributed to his son's gravestone.

"I want to thank the community for their generous help with this beautiful headstone of granite which came from Melbourne to Brisbane and then here," Alan said.

"Without the support of the good people of Roma, Chrissy would not have this lovely stone.

"We will never forget what was done for us."

Alan said people would remember Chris from the time he won the competition to support Shannon Noll in Roma.

"Chris was a musical savant," he said.

"Who knows where he'd be today if he had survived."

Alan said they were also the last people to do a gig at the old School of Arts Hotel before the pub shut down.


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