Tuesday 20 March 2018

Memorial to tragic indie band Viola Beach approved by home town Warrington

The members of Viola Beach will be remembered in their home town Warrington
The members of Viola Beach will be remembered in their home town Warrington

The members and manager of Warrington indie band Viola Beach are to be honoured with a permanent memorial in their home town.

Warrington Borough Council has pledged its support for a permanent memorial in the town centre and established an online fundraising page where the public can donate.

The four-piece - Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin - died with their manager Craig Tarry in February when their car plunged more than 80ft into a canal in Sodertalje, Sweden.

Mayor of Warrington, Councillor Geoff Settle said: "Families and friends have sought comfort in the thousands of tributes that have poured in through the media, on social media sites and books of condolence.

"We hope that they can continue to seek solace through a permanent tribute to five young men who were set to take on the world."

The total amount donated will be allocated in accordance with the wishes of the families, the council added.

Family of the band said they hoped the final memorial would "mark Viola Beach's musical impact on the town".

Ben and Sharon Dunne, the family of Mr Reeves, said: "The memorial would give everyone an opportunity to reflect on what might have been but also realise the potential we all have to make amazing things happen."

Jo Dakin, mother of Mr Dakin, added: " A physical memorial will inspire others to be brave enough to follow their dreams and escape the ordinary - just like the band of brothers did."

:: The fund will remain open until the end of September. Contributions can be made at www.warrington.gov.uk/violabeach

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