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Memory of tragic West Bank teen Lewis Edge honoured at opening
Lewis’s mum, Lisa, dad, Graeme, brother, Josh and sister, Alex celebrate the opening of his recording studio
A DREAM to keep the memory of a gifted young musician alive has come true.
The parents of 14-year-old Lewis Edge, who died after falling off the Silver Jubilee Bridge last July, wanted to create a safe place where children could relax and play instruments.
They launched a foundation called Lewis Edge, The Brightest Star.
The Lewis Edge Live Room was officially opened at The Studio, in Lacey Street, Widnes, by the Mayor and Mayoress of Halton, Clrs Tom and Angela McInerney.
Lewis’s mum, Lisa Millward, aged 32, of West Bank, said: “It is absolutely brilliant. I’m over the moon to have a recording studio named after Lewis.
“It’s only seven months since he died, but with everyone behind me, the room I wanted is here. The dream has become a reality.”
Lewis’s dad, Graeme, sister Alex, aged 12, and brother, Josh, aged 11, have all been involved in the project.
Lisa said: “Doing something positive has kept us busy.”
Her work colleagues at Home Retail Group in Royal Avenue, volunteered to paint and clean the room.
Young musicians staged an acoustic concert to celebrate the opening.
A weekly session will be held every Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm for any young person interested in music or arts.
Music producer Tony Reilly is helping youngsters to record an EP of songs and plan an open gig to celebrate Lewis’s life near his 16th birthday in October.
Julia Gwilliam, who works with Lisa, is climbing Mount Snowdon on March 16 and West Bank dad, George Gaskell is doing the Liverpool half marathon on March 17, in aid of Lewis’s charity.
Lisa added: “It means so much that people are offering to do things for us. There are more things we want to do so we will continue fundraising.
"Lewis’ name will never be forgotten.”
Louise Nulty, project manager of Access All Areas at the studio, said: "This is a very important project for the studio.
"Lisa and The Brightest Star will have a home with us for as long as they wish.
"We are so grateful for the anonymous donation to cover the cost of two staff or volunteers from the project to complete a training course with Papyrus, working towards the prevention of young suicide.
"We are going to be able to reach out and support so many more young people."