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Tributes to Outcasts' original guitarist as punk star laid to rest

By Cate McCurry

Published 23/09/2016

Long illness: Colin Getgood
Long illness: Colin Getgood

One of Belfast's best known punk legends - Colin 'Getty' Getgood - has been laid to rest after battling a long illness.

Getty was the original lead guitarist of the Outcasts - the bad boys of the Northern Ireland scene in the 1970s and '80s.

The Outcasts first shot to fame after joining forces with punk godfather Terri Hooley on his Good Vibrations label.

Formed in 1977, the punk band was created by brothers Greg, Colin and Martin Cowan.

The former guitarist died on Monday and was buried yesterday.

The Outcasts expressed their sadness on their official Facebook page earlier this week. They said: "It's with great sadness I have to share the sad news that my oldest friend Getty passed away after a long illness."

Hundreds of tributes to Getty flooded social media, with many describing him as "one of a kind".

Mr Hooley said he was "one of the good guys".

Earlier this year, the band was the subject a documentary.

And in 2010, they reformed and toured Europe with Greg and Martin, Raymond Falls and Getty's replacement, Petesy Burns, who also paid tribute to the punk legend.

"Getty was truly one of a kind," said Mr Burns.

"If punk was about individuality he had it in abundance.

"He was the one I watched most any time I went to see The Outcasts, the way he rolled his eyes up, his trance like movements, totally unique and inspiring. When I finally plucked up the courage to talk to him I found a very unassumingly true and gentle soul.

"Time only confirmed that. It has been an honour and privilege to take his place in The Outcasts, although I'll never fill those shoes, neither would I want to.

"I am totally shocked and saddened to hear of Getty's passing.

"I am equally happy that my life has been enriched by his presence."

Long illness: Colin Getgood

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