Mason Rik rocks for Tony

A stonemason from Mirfield has carved an unusual headstone – in the shape of a bass guitar.

Rik Mason, of Ram Masonry, made the piece for a fellow musician who sadly died of cancer recently.

The headstone is a replica of the Fender Jazz bass played by Tony Bianco in Castleford-based rock group Padded Cell.

Band members fundraised for the headstone after Mr Bianco (pictured inset), who was only in his early 50s, passed away.

They contacted friend Steve Horsfall, bass player in Dewsbury band Phoenix Rising, to see if he knew any stonemasons.

He put them in touch with Rik, who plays lead guitar in another local rock band, Twist of Fate.

Stonemason Rik, who does everything from fireplaces to the restoration of tracery windows in historic churches, was delighted to help.

Mr Horsfall, who works at a school and is also a sports photographer whose work appears in The Press, hailed Rik’s efforts.

He said: “People always think there’s rivalry between bands. But actually there’s a really good fraternity of rock musicians.

“The headstone is a wonderful idea. Tony was well known for his Fender Jazz bass. His death is a great loss.”

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