Sandra Jackson – Memories are made of this – FROM TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE If memories are measured by those hurriedly departing this world for heavenly refuge, the consequence from the untimely demise of Sandra Jackson has not registered this yet in the hearts, minds and perspective of many. A year has lapsed, and many of us are yet in shock and denial that the Queen of Sri Lanka’s music scene in Australia has left us forever, and baffling as it is, she’s left a void that will sadly, never be filled. Yes, its already a year since Sandra Jackson took her earthly presence away from this world to join the choir of angels in Heaven but her memory lingers on although the reality and her lack of physical presence is now slowly sinking in. The much-loved singer/ entertainer left a lingering image of a larrikin performer for her sexy ...

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Sandra Jackson exits the world stage at an outpouring of grief and reflection – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Thousands of grief-stricken friends, family and fans braved a chilly Melbourne winter morning to bid farewell to much loved musical personality Sandra Jackson as she was laid to rest after a brief illness which snatched her away unexpectedly.   The popular frontline singer of ‘Replay 6’ and ‘No Limit’ succumbed to Pulmonary Fibrosis of the lungs and Cardio Vascular complications in the prime of her singing career leaving behind a distraught family and thousands of friends and fans who have marveled at her fantastic vocal ability over the past few decades.   The Catholic Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Endeavour Hills was filled to capacity and even poured out into the surrounds of the church as mourners thronged the funeral service to pay their last respects to a singer ...

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Sandra Jackson plucked away in her prime – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Plucked away in the prime of her life through a cruel twist of fate, the power packed voice of Sandra Jackson will resonate no more. Lead singer of Melbourne’s top band Replay 6 and leader of the band for many decades, Sandra Jackson left this world suddenly after a short battle with lung issues later compounded by the discovery of blockages to her arteries which left the medical staff at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with no recourse to save her life. Her sudden passing has sent shockwaves through the music industry in Australia, Sri Lanka and throughout the world of musicians who knew of her fantastic talent and endeared her for it and her ever availability to nurture and promote aspiring artistes. The overwhelming response of shock and grief expressed at her passing on social media ...

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“GOODBYE SANDRA” by Des Kelly She was someone I knew as a “toddler”in Diyatalawa, living with her mum, & dad, Rex Rode, who was a member of the Royal Ceylon Air Force, and a good friend of mine. Like so many others, Sandra & her family migrated to Australia, & because of “work commitments” we “lost touch” until, much later, I heard that Sandra was now involved in “Showbiz” & had formed her own band, “Replay 6”. Sandra then married Esric Jackson &, not much later, Sandra and Replay 6 became one of the best-known Lankan Bands in Melbourne.       To Esric & all the rest of her family, on behalf of eLanka and The Lanka Times, I send our deepest sympathy.  Goodbye, Sandra Jackson. May the good Lord bless & keep you, All your many friends will miss you, especially “on-stage”. Rest in peace now. Desmond Kelly.   Sandra ...

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