Viola Beach to be remembered with memorial in their home town of Warrington

Plans for a memorial have been approved by Warrington council

The band members and manager of Viola Beach will be honoured with a memorial in their home town.

Warrington Borough Council have approved plans for a permanent memorial in the centre of the town and are inviting members of the public to contribute through an online fundraising page, reports the Chester Chronicle.

All four members of the indie band – Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin – and their manager Craig Tarry were killed last month when their car plunged 80ft into a canal near Stockholm.

Geoff Settle, the Mayor of Warrington, said that he hopes the memorial will provide some solace to friends and family of the band and their manager.

He 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.”

Warrington lost a talented young band on the verge of something special and a group of young people with their whole lives ahead of them. We remain deeply saddened and shocked at what happened and our thoughts are with families and friends in Warrington and beyond.”

A memorial concert for the band is being held at Warrington Parr Hall this Saturday (April 2), with Courteeners frontman Liam Fray among those performing.

The band’s song ‘Swings and Waterslides’ entered the UK charts at Number 11 last month, after a campaign from fans to get the track to Number One in tribute to the late musicians.

The group’s record label Communion have confirmed that the proceeds from sale of singles will go to the families of the band and their manager.
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