Megan Bell's memory to live on with family fun day

A family fun day will bring together a community as it continues to remember a 17-year-old girl who died at a music festival.

Wednesday, 14th September 2016, 1:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 3:38 pm
Megan Bell.

People in Seaham and Sunderland were left devastated by the death of Megan Bell at the T in the Park event in Scotland in July.

The former St Anthony’s Girls’ Academy student’s funeral was held on the day she was due to begin her placement as an apprentice hairdresser as she chased her dream to become the boss of her own business.

Megan Bell, left, pictured with her family.

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Family friend Laura Ward launched a fundraising campaign to help her family in the aftermath of the tragedy and organised a cliff top vigil, where candles were lit and balloons released in her memory.

Since then, one entertainment night has been a sell out and a football match drew in a crowd of hundreds, with organisers hoping there will be a good turn out to Saturday’s celebration.

It will be held at Dawdon Cricket Club from noon until late and will feature a lip synch battle and live bands.

They will include the Rabble Rowsers, The 901s and singers Beth Scott and Georgina Percival.

A vigil and balloon release held in tribute to Megan Bell.

Stalls will feature arts and crafts and glitter tattoos, with bouncy castle to be set up and a £10 wrist band available for youngsters to give them unlimited access to fairground rides.

The fire service and Army will attend to talk to visitors about their work.

A festival, Music for Megan, is also in the pipeline for next summer.

Family friend Laura Ward is among the organisers of the event and also planned the vigil and entertainment night.

Megan Bell as a toddler.

The Sunderland businesswoman said: “Our total so far is £7,500.

“It’s been absolutely phenomenal.

“Her family have said they can’t believe how good people have been and I think it’s helping to keep her memory alive.”

Megan left mum Lisa, 41, dad Chris, 44, brother Josh, 12, and sisters Maddy, 10, and Jenny, eight,

Megan Bell, left, pictured with her family.

Chris has launched a campaign calling for the age limit of festivals to be raised to 21, unless those younger are accompanied by an adult.

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A vigil and balloon release held in tribute to Megan Bell.
Megan Bell as a toddler.