Events in Isle of Man and Warrington to remember Summerland tragedy

The Summerland Memorial, Queen's Promenade, Douglas

The Summerland Memorial, Queen's Promenade, Douglas

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The Summerland tragedy which claimed 50 lives will be remembered with events in both Douglas and Warrington.

A minute’s silence will take place on Douglas promenade opposite the site on Saturday (August 2) at 7.30pm, followed by the release of 50 white balloons.

Everyone is welcome to attend, to remember victims of the blaze on August 2, 1973.

Organiser Tina Brennen said: ‘I know there are many people on the island who witnessed the fire that night, and many who helped in the aftermath with some putting the lives of others before their own safety and I hope they’ll feel able to gather to commemorate those killed.’

It will be followed by a concert, Songs for Summerland, at Amber Bar, Loch Promenade, from 9pm, featuring Chris Gray, Matt Creer, Nick Barlow and Tony & Dickie.

Meanwhile, a minute’s silence will be held before kick-off in the annual Peace Cup between Warrington Town FC and Northern Irish side Crewe United FC, also on Saturday. Players and spectators will remember two young men from the Cheshire town, Alan Barker and Sean Kelly, who died in the fire, as well as the Warrington bombings.

Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, who is travelling to perform his album Journey To The Centre of The Earth, has given his support to the concert. ‘I do wish you well and please add my name to all those who are supporting you in your heartfelt endeavours,’ he wrote to Tina.

Concert tickets - £10, proceeds to Alder Hey Children’s Burns Unit and the Children’s Burns Trust - are available at; Peter Norris Music, Douglas; Shakti Man, Ramsey; Thompson Travel, Port Erin and Celtic Gold, Peel.

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