Rock legends Argent unite for one last time in aid of paralysed Aylesbury teenager

Johnny Beer Timms and below, Road Argent and Colin Blunstone
Johnny Beer Timms and below, Road Argent and Colin Blunstone

A host of rock legends will join forces in a once in a lifetime concert at the Waterside to raise money for a teenager who was paralysed in a tragic trampoline accident.

In what is likely to be the band’s final performance, 70s rockers Argent will headline with their original line-up of Rod Argent, Russ Ballard, Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford.

Rod Argent, left, and Colin Bluntstone, who are playing at a Waterside Theatre gig for paralysis victim Johnny Timms, of Aylesbury

Rod Argent, left, and Colin Bluntstone, who are playing at a Waterside Theatre gig for paralysis victim Johnny Timms, of Aylesbury

They will be joined on Sunday June 2, by The Moon Dogs, members of the Zombies (including Colin Blunstone) and Marillion.

The gig is being held to raise funds to support 17-year-old Johnny Beer Timms, son of Moon Dogs guitarist, vocalist and writer Derik Timms.

Johnny, who used to attend Waddesdon School and is now studying at Aylesbury College, broke his neck while he was attempting a backward somersault on a garden trampoline at the home of a friend in 2011.

“I landed at an awkward angle,” he said.

“I thought I was safe with the nets around the edge, but it was a false reality and I snapped my neck.”

Johnny is currently living in temporary accommodation in Aylesbury with his father, mother Julia and sister Rosie, 14, while the family home in Hardwick is sold so that they can buy a new home which can be specially adapted.

Johnny, who has 24 hour care and undergoes functional electrical stimulation to aid his health and rehabilitation, said: “Constantly things are changing for the better, I am constantly improving but it’s difficult in temporary accommodation.

“It’ll be better once I’m settled. I feel I am luckier than most because a lot of people don’t get as much help.

“I’ve got lots of family and friends that have helped me raise money. My village, Hardwick, helped raise £4,000 for my wheelchair.”

Johnny said most of the profit from the concert will go towards helping him with equipment and rehabilitation.

He said: “My dad knows a lot of amazing people.

“I think it’s great that they want to help me, because it is difficult funding equipment to help me progress in my recovery.

“This is probably the last show Argent will do and it’s a one off opportunity to see something like this, a group of professional musicians united together.

“It’s something you shouldn’t miss.”

Tickets for the concert cost £20 and are available from the Waterside box office on 0844 871 7607.

Derik encourages everyone who buys a ticket to attend the gig.

He said: “We don’t want holes in the audience, if you buy a ticket you must go.”