Isle of Wight tourism boss David Thornton has a secret side, which he’ll be revealing with a live performance at the Spyglass Inn, Ventnor Esplanade on Thursday, 7th February 2013.
As a professional musician, with more than 30 years’ experience, David is no stranger to live music, but this will be his first gig since arriving on the Island last October to take up the new position of Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd.
“From day one, my focus here has been to build the Isle of Wight’s marketing plans for this year and beyond,” said David, “but for the last few years I’ve enjoyed playing live music in hotels, inns and small festivals in the Peak District as a great release from the day job, and I hope to do the same here on the Island. Some busy execs unwind on the squash court or playing golf, music is my thing. I was delighted when Meg Mortimer at the Spyglass Inn suggested that I should play a set there. The pub has such a long-standing commitment to supporting live music, so it seemed like the perfect choice of venue for me to make my Island debut.”
Originally from Sheffield, and now based on the Isle of Wight, David has performed regularly in Yorkshire and Derbyshire with a playlist of his own compositions and familiar stripped back acoustic songs penned by many of the world’s most popular songwriters including John Lennon, David Bowie, Neil Diamond, Elton John, James Taylor and John Meyer. David originally trained as an actor and musician at the National School of Performing Arts in the early eighties before he started working for the marketing department at Alton Towers in 1986.
Meg Mortimer, licensee at the Spyglass Inn added: “Even in the winter we have music six days a week at the Spyglass and when I met David and heard about his passion for live music, I thought it would be a great idea to invite him to play. Our regular Thursday night features JC, who has built up a loyal following and he was only too pleased to share the billing with David for what should be a memorable evening.”
Live music at the Spyglass Inn is provided free six days a week and the music usually starts around 8pm. No reservations are required for diners.
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