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Mum of Viola Beach drummer pays heartbreaking tribute to "beautiful, loving son" who will "live on through his music"
The mum of one of the members of Viola Beach, the Brit band who were killed in a car crash. has paid tribute to her "beautiful and loving" son saying he will live on through his music.
This comes as fellow Manchester bands The Courteeners and Blossoms paid tribute, and a minute's silence was held at the Manchester City vs Tottenham match yesterday.
The town hall flag in their hometown of Warrington flies at half-mast today and a book of condolence has been opened in their memory.
Four members of the group. and their manager Craig Tarry, were killed in a car crash in Stockholm at the weekend.
Kris Leonard, River Reeves, both 19, Tomas Lowe, 27, and Jack Dakin, 24, were in Sweden performing at the Where’s the Music Festival in Norrköping on Friday night.
Remembered: The band, Tom Lowe, River Reeves, Kris Leonard and Jack Dakin (Photo: Georgia Park)
The all died after their Nissan Qashqai plunged 82 feet from a highway bridge into the Sodertalje canal in the Swedish capital.
Today drummer Jack’s mum Joanne Dakin said playing music with his friends was ‘all he ever wanted to do', reported the Manchester Evening News.
Joanne said: “Jack meant everything to his family and was a beautiful loving son.
“Only 19 years old, he was in the prime of his life and enjoying doing something he really wanted to do.
“He loved drumming and being with the band and Craig. It was all that he ever wanted.
“He was looking forward to living the life that many people just dream of – touring the world in a rock n' roll band and releasing records.
“He never had to deal with the drudgery of the nine-to-five slog, no mortgage to worry about.
In action: Viola Beach playing at Notting Hill Arts Club on 10th Jan 2016 (Photo: Colin Hart/LNP)
“Instead he died, having just played his first ever European show, living his dream. He will live on through his music.”
All four members of the band attended Priestley College in their hometown of Warrington, and were due to play a homecoming gig at the Pyramid & Parr Hall next month.
A book of condolence has now been set up both at the town hall and at the council’s customer contact centre in Horsemarket Street.