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DISASTER FOR ANTON CAWTHORN-BLAZBY (article first published : 2003-12-18)

Well-known Durban violinist Anton Cawthorn-Blazby has suffered a run of bad luck over the past few days. Last week on Wednesday (December 10) he arrived home to find his Seaview residence had been broken into, and thieves had helped themselves to his CD collection

The following day Anton got home after performing in The Boy with the Clown’s Heart at the Catalina Theatre, to find his front gate had been forced open. The burglars had returned and had taken his guitar, an amplifier and the rest of his CD collection.

To cap his run of bad luck, Anton, a member of the now disbanded group Landscape Prayers, got home last night (December 16) to find his house entirely gutted by fire. A neighbour had seen smoke pouring out of the kitchen and called the fire brigade. But the old wood and iron residence was engulfed in flames before the fire could be contained.

This has left Anton without clothing or pretty well any other material possessions – not least his prized collection of rare books. All that has been saved is his computer and two of his three treasured violins that he took to safekeeping several days ago following last week’s burglaries.

A major retail chain store (Mr Price) has generously donated a voucher of R1000 to help Anton make up immediate losses of bedding and clothing. pending his insurance company’s reaction to his claim.

Anyone able to assist the distressed musician in any way may call him on 083 419 2655.




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