John Lever funeral to be held in Dukinfield this week
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 09:44 Dukinfield News Posted by Adam Higgins

The funeral of The Chameleons drummer John Lever will be held at Dukinfield Crematorium on Friday (March 24).

His funeral will be followed by a celebration of his life at The Witchwood in Ashton.

The news was announced by John’s partner, Lisa Rankin, and shared on social media by Inspiral Carpets star Clint Boon.

The funeral will take place at 11am. Flowers are welcome or donations to a charity of your choice.

“All are welcome to join us to send the ‘Mighty John Lever’ out in the style he deserves,” stated Lisa.

In a tweet, Clint said he was sharing details of the funeral for those who would like to attend and “celebrate his music and his life”.

In action: John performing in the band in 1983

John, 55, who lived in Dukinfield, passed away peacefully in his sleep following a ‘short illness’, the band’s former frontman Mark Burgess announced last week.

The Middleton-based band formed in 1981 with John (pictured above), previously of The Politicians, joining shortly after.

The Chameleons had a massive cult following, releasing three albums.

They split in 1987 but reformed, in 2000, before embarking on a mammoth tour of the UK, Europe and the US.

The band released three further albums, before calling it a day in 2003.

You can listen to one of The Chameleons hits from 1986 called Swamp Thing, featuring John, by clicking on the play button below: