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Gifted young musicians celebrate Lewis's life
A TRIBUTE concert celebrated the life of 14-year-old musician, Lewis Edge, who died after falling off the Silver Jubilee bridge in July.
His school friends, Wade Deacon Rock Band, performed the same songs they played with him, hours before he died.
Youngsters teamed up to organise the event at The Studio and raised £200 for his memorial fund, Lewis Edge, The Brightest Star.
His parents have pledged to open a youth club in his memory to give young people a place to chill out and learn to play musical instruments.
His mum, Lisa Millward, aged 32, of West Bank, said: “It was very emotional.
“Lewis’s guitar was on stage with his rock band.
“There was a memory wall where all his friends wrote a message for Lewis. It was great that it was organised by the children.”
More than 150 young people attended A Gig for Lewis, hosted by his close friend, Jordan Trigg.
Lisa said: “Jordan’s new band performed one of Lewis’ favourite songs, ‘So Far Away’.
“It was absolutely brilliant. Lewis was very very popular and a lot of his friends turned up. They done it for Lewis.
“We’re hoping to work with the studio and make this an annual event on Lewis’s birthday.”
Local musician Ged Verdin suggested the gig. He felt something had to be done to bring everyone together at a difficult time.
The Studio was chosen as an ideal venue as Lewis used the rehearsal rooms.
Performers included Crimson Star, Stoneway, Tyler Mensah, Outside The Day, Diggy Dizzle, Springbok, Josh and Liam and Metal ‘Ed Monkeys.
The free event was hosted by the Lottery-funeded Acccess All Areas project based at The Studio.
It was supported by Ged Flynn and colleagues from Papyrus, a support group for the prevention of young suicide. They were on hand to advise, inform, and talk with young people on the issue of suicide or anything else they needed to speak confidentially about.
For more details about the AAA Access All Areas project, call Louise Nulty on 0151 420 8997 or call into The Studio any Saturday or Sunday afternoon for a chat.