UK band Viola Beach and their manager will be honoured with a memorial in their hometown.
Tragically, all four members of the band – Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin – plus manager Craig Tarry were killed in Stockholm last month when their car plunged 80ft into a canal.
The band’s hometown of Warrington has approved plans for a permanent memorial to honour the band in the centre of the town. The town is also launching a crowdsourcing campaign for people to contribute to the memorial via an online fundraising page, reports the Chester Chronicle.
With the news of the planned memorial, Geoff Settle, the Mayor of Warrington, 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.”
Also, there is a planned memorial concert for the band at Warrington Parr Hall this Saturday April 2nd, where Courteeners frontman Liam Fray will be among the artists performing.
In a huge outpouring of love for the band, their song “Swings and Waterslides” entered the UK charts at Number 11 last month. This came after a campaign from fans and musicians alike to get the track to Number One.
Communion, the group’s record label, has confirmed that all proceeds from sales of Viola Beach’s singles will go to the families of the band and their manager.