ONE year on from the terrible tragedy which claimed the lives of Viola Beach the BBC have released a special tribute to the Warrington band and their manager Craig Tarry who all died in a car crash in Sweden.
Meanwhile family and friends are posting various tributes on social media in memory of the band.
Last December verdicts that all four members of the group – musicians Kris Leonard, 20, River Reeves, 19, Jack Dakin, 19 and Tomas Lowe, 27 and their manager Craig Tarry, aged 32, had died as a result of a road traffic collision.
Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg said it was not for him to speculate about what might happened in the fateful moments before the crash and that might never be known.
The tragedy occurred on February 13 after the band had performed at a music festival near Stockholm. They were returning to their hotel in Stockholm.
The tragedy captured the hearts of the nation as the band’s single Swings and Waterslides reached number 11 in the charts, followed by the band’s self-titled posthumous album reaching number one in August.
A special memorial fund set up after the tragedy has raised around £30,000. The families and Warrington Borough Council are currently discussing what format a lasting memorial should take in the town.
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12 months today we lost talent
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