Megan Bell's name lives on through day of music

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A day of live music is under way as a town gathers to launch a charity set up in memory of a teenager who died at a festival.

Former St Anthony's Catholic Girls' Academy student Megan Bell, from Seaham, died last July at T in the Park in Scotland.

Megan Bell, who died at T in the Park last year.

Megan Bell, who died at T in the Park last year.

Megan's Rainbow Support Trust has been set up to offer counselling to families who lose a child and to help them meet the unexpected cost of a funeral.

Today, artists are performing on Terrace Green in her home town until after 9pm as funds are raised for the charity.

The event has been organised by Laura Ward and Gillian Graham, who will run the section of the charity which will help offer financial support to families.

Megan's dad Chris Bell, 45, and mum Lisa Dickinson, 42, who are also parents to Josh, 13, Jenny, nine, and Maddy, 11, were among those watching the show.

The Bunker singing group performing.

The Bunker singing group performing.

Lisa said: "This is to make sure her name keeps going.

"She would have absolutely loved this.

"Some of her friends are here, ones she's known from primary school, have come down to support it.

"It's comforting, definitely, and I love to see them because they make me think of Megan."

Chris added: "This is to kick start the charity and make people aware of what it's about and that we're here.

"It'll be up and running as soon as possible.

"Her true friends have always been there for us.

"This is the first year of Music for Megan, but in the long term, we want to hold this every year and it will get bigger and better.

"Laura and Gillian have done an amazing job organising this, we can't thank them enough.

"It's overwhelming the response, the community has really come together and we want to thank the people of Seaham as well."

Family friend Laura, 29, who worked alongside Gillian Graham, a neighbour of the Bell family, said: "There has been a lot of support from the musicians.

"It's a shame about the weather, but we're all going to have a good time regardless, it's only a bit of rain."

The Bunker singing group, from Sunderland, was the first to take to the stage.

Choir leader Kayleigh Lindstedt said: "They were all really excited this morning to take part.

"They love singing, whether it's for charity or at community gigs, and any money we raise goes to pay for trips."

Other performers include The Social Room, Mia Paris, Thieves of Liberty, Beyonce tribute The Irreplaceable and a DJ set from Krisis North East, with the bill to be wrapped up at 8.45pm with a DJ set from Chris Bungoni.

Megan's Rainbow Support Trust will also be led by her grandmother Jenny, who will oversee the counselling side of the organisation.

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The event has been sponsored by Downeys fish and chip shop in North Terrace, Food R Us, MR Serices, a property, maintenance and roofing firm, and Steadfast Security.

Seaham Town Council also donated the use of a stage, while craft stalls have also been set up.