The Strawberries to play free gig at The Lounge on Saturday in Viola Beach’s memory

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THEY were due to join Viola Beach on stage for their homecoming show at the Pyramid which tragically never happened.

Now The Strawberries will play at The Lounge bar in memory of Kris Leonard, Jack Dakin, River Reeves, Tom Lowe and manager Craig Tarry on Saturday.

The Lounge in Springfield Street was where Viola Beach worked on and off when they were chasing their dreams of making it in the music industry.

It was also the focal point for hundreds of tributes to Kris, Jack, Tom, River and Craig after the devastating crash in Sweden which claimed their lives on February 13.

“We’re delighted that The Lounge has reopened,” said Sam Neil, frontman of The Strawberries and former Penketh High School pupil. The Strawberries met Viola Beach through the band circuit in January.

Sam, who grew up in Latchford and Great Sankey, added: “We knew Craig first through other bands that we were friends with and he told me about this new band he had found from Warrington.

“We played a gig in Leeds with Hidden Charms, who Craig managed. Viola Beach came down for that gig and that’s when we met them.

“They were just vibrant, lovely people who were a joy to be around. It was infectious. We wanted to spend more time around them after that.

– The Strawberries will play a free gig with Psyblings at The Lounge in Springfield Street on Saturday 22nd October. Doors open at 9pm.

Read the full interview with Sam from The Strawberries on the Warrington Guardian website here.

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