Pet Shop Boys singer mourns loss of father
Jan 22 2009 by Neil Preston, The Journal
PET Shop Boys star Neil Tennant’s father has died. It was announced yesterday that Bill Tennant, of Gosforth, Newcastle, passed away peacefully in hospital on Monday.
Mr Tennant, 85, was married to the late Sheila, and was also father to Susan, Simon and Phillip.
When singer Neil was young the family moved from North Shields to Brunton Park in Gosforth, where Bill and Sheila remained after their children moved away.
Mr Tennant worked in sales and singer Neil has spoken fondly in the past of how he and his brother would spend days at work with him.
In 2002 he told reporters: “My father was a sales representative for rubber goods, conveyor belts, and Simon and I spent a lot of our summer holidays sitting in the back of a car on trading estates. We used to like having lunch in transport cafes.”
Mr Tennant also leaves his five grandchildren Alicia, Millie, Gigi, Ella and Joseph.
A Requiem Mass will take place at the Sacred Heart RC Church in Gosforth on Friday followed by a private cremation.
The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be sent to the Gosforth-based St Oswald’s Hospice c/o Melrose & Dennis Funeral Services, 159 Astley Road, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0DL.
Neil Tennant's management declined to comment on his behalf last night.
The Pet Shop Boys will collect the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the Brit Awards next month.
Neil Tennant and band partner Chris Lowe, known for their chart-topping hits including West End Girls, Rent and It’s A Sin, will perform live on the show at Earls Court in London on February 18.
With Tennant, 54, providing the main vocals, and Lowe, 49, on keyboards, the Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records since they signed to Parlophone in 1985.
Their new album Yes will be released on March 23, following the new single Love etc which is coming out on March 16 and is described by the band as “a post-lifestyle anthem which sounds like nothing we’ve done before”.
For the album the band have teamed up with the production team Xenomania, which has worked previously with Girls Aloud and Sugababes, and Smiths legend Johnny Marr plays guitar on several tracks.
We used to like having lunch in transport cafes