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Two years on Warrington remembers Viola Beach


TWO years on Warrington is remembering Viola Beach, the local band who tragically died with their manager when their car mysteriously plunged from a bridge in Sweden.

While all the band died their memory continues to live on in their music.

The band all attended Priestley College and today their memory was honoured with the official opening of the Viola Beach Stage.

Local music promotor Lee Harman, who launched the WArringtonMusic.co.uk five years ago and became friends with members of the band who were regular performers at The Lounge, reflects on the tragedy.

He said: “Is it really been two years? The time remains vivid in my mind, and in the mind of many. Friends, family were lost and times looked dark. Out of such sorrow came so much light.

“Friends reunited, passions reignited, the town stood together. A band from Warrington got a number 1 album!

“Today we celebrate their lives and their passions as our own, because the Boys That Sing will always be a part of us.

The Indie rock band which consisted of Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass guitar), and Jack Dakin (drums) and their manager Craig Tarry, died when their car plunged from a bridge in Södertälje, Sweden on 13 February 2016, makign headline news around the world.

An inquest into the deaths in December 2016 said the exact facts of the tragedy may never been known, but all five died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Meanwhile the father of one of the band members says the music industry isn’t doing enough to help a charitable festival, set up in the their memory.

Former Penketh High School head Ben Dunne, River Reeves’ father has appealed for big name acts to get involved and support the annual RivFest event, where all funds raised are ploughed back into the local community supporting local talent.


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