Terminally ill music star records track to save polar bears

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A TERMINALLY ill ex-pop star has pulled a new piece from her deathbed.

Peter Juster hopes the downloadable version of Poles Apart will become a posthumous success and raise money for a campaign to save the polar bears.

A teenager in the late 1970s, Mr Juster, of Worthing, sang with The Same, a Mod band who were regulars on the tour around London and Brighton.

The trio, consisting of Mr Juster, Steve Rose and Tony Denyer, enjoyed limited success until their single, Movements, was chosen by Radio 1 DJ Simon Bates as their record for the week.

For a brief moment, they were on the cusp of celebrity, but despite a registration and management deal, they couldn’t build on their overnight success and eventually went their separate ways.

However, the group reunited for a special recording at Mr Juster’s home after learning he was losing his battle with lung cancer.

The story of their collaboration for Poles Apart is now told on YouTube and theargus.co.uk.

In the short film, Mr. Juster, his breathing aided by an oxygen tank, reveals his last wish.

The 57-year-old said: “Having survived the prognosis of terminal lung cancer three years ago, I am now told I only have a few weeks left. I was lucky because I had plenty of time to clean up my things, say all my goodbyes, and almost finish my bucket list.

“As you get closer to the end, you appreciate and value life more. In a few days I will die and I want to leave a legacy behind me. I think the coolest animal is the polar bear. But she too is losing her battle against climate change and I want to do something to save her from extinction. Thank you for helping me achieve my last goal. Thank you.”

The money raised from the sale of the download single will go to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation’s Polar Project. Steve Minion, founder and managing director of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, has been friends with Mr. Juster since 1991.

He said: “Peter lives on borrowed time but, typical of humans, he thinks about saving the polar bears instead of worrying about his own fate.

“He showed by his deep generosity of spirit that he will always be a star to those who were lucky enough to know him.”


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