A talented musician who feared he may never play the guitar again after a crash has made his musical comeback.
Rob Pilmore defied the odds on Sunday by playing his first gig since the horror smash.
He had to undergo reconstructive surgery on his right hand and endure weeks of physiotherapy after the two-car collision on the Skull and Crossbones bridge at Brimington Road in Chesterfield earlier this year.
Rob wowed crowds during the milestone rock and roll gig at the Market pub in Chesterfield on Sunday night.
The 25-year-old, of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, said: “It was a fantastic gig and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all my friends, family and medics who have helped me through this difficult time and came along to support me.
“Here’s looking to the future and many more gigs to come.”
Rob’s partner, Felicity, who suffered whiplash and bruising in the crash, said it was a “poignant” night.
She added: “I felt a little emotional during the first song as I never expected to be seeing him play a live gig again this year.
“Overall I was just incredibly happy for him.
“His determination to get better has paid off.”
Douglas Daniels, landlord of the Market pub, said: “It was great to have Rob play.
“He played a range of tracks from David Bowie to Tom Waits along with some original material.
“Given the fact that Rob was involved in a major accident recently it was pretty amazing he was playing to this level. He’s a great addition to Chesterfield’s music scene and a very welcome guest here at the Market.”
A total of six casualties – including Rob and Felicity – were rushed to hospital after the incident in May.
Speaking at the time, brave Rob said: “The cost could easily have been a greater one and I thank my lucky stars that I’m still here and able to tackle the long road to recovery.”
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