Muse guitar to net vital cash for school

Tim Stark came up with the idea to donate his signed Muse guitar and other rock memorabilia to raise

Tim Stark came up with the idea to donate his signed Muse guitar and other rock memorabilia to raise money for Ottery Primary School and the children's mental health charity Place2Be. CREDIT: Jolyon Holroyd - Credit: Archant

Rock fans could help raise thousands of pounds to improve facilities at Ottery Primary School as part of an auction to own limited-edition Muse memorabilia.

Dad Tim Stark is parting with his signed guitar from the Devon band to boost the school and children’s mental health charity Place2Be, both causes close to his heart.

Fans have until June 2 to put in the highest bid for the guitar, which has a limited hand-printed Drones tour motif, a list of all tour dates and hand-signed signatures.

Tim, 40, helps custom make Muse frontman Matt Bellamy’s guitars and was given the limited-edition instrument as a gift when the band completed its Absolution world tour in 2016. He decided to auction it off after joining the primary school’s PTA and learned of its project to refurbish the swimming pool, which could cost up to £70,000.

Manson Guitar Works, where Tim is employed, has held similar auctions in the past and raised as much as £60,000 for charity. Tim, who is dad to Leo, five, said: “The pool is quite dilapidated and they are trying to save money for that. The teachers do an amazing job and they get less and less funding. I have no expectation at all - anything between £2,000 and £4,000 would be amazing.

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“I wanted to see what I could do to help the school. It was an amazing gift. I never expected to get it from the band. It has been sitting in a box, as many instruments have over the years, and if it doesn’t get played there’s no point in me having it.”

Also being auctioned off are drumsticks from the Teignmouth band’s Absolution Tour and a guitar pick.

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