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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Band’s event will strike a chord in memory of much-loved pair

A gig will be held in Cockermouth next week in memory of brothers Niggy and Christian Townend, who died in a road accident three years ago.

The band Image of a Busker, which includes friends of the pair, will play at the Kirkgate Centre next Friday.

Ben Patton, 29, of Cockermouth, Harry Shepherd, 25, and brother Jack, 28, of Eaglesfield, Alec Smith, 29, of Dean, and Danny Riad, 27, of Manchester, are staging the event to raise money for the RoadPeace charity.

Niggy and Christian were killed in a collision with a coach as they cycled on the A595 at Moota in December 2010.

Harry said: “Getting everyone together at Christmas is very special for us, to remember Niggy and Christian and celebrate their lives.

“They would have loved this kind of thing, and that’s why we do it every year.

Jack said: “The Team Townend cycling challenge and our Christmas event are firmly in the calendar every year.

“We remember Niggy and Christian fondly, and both these events bring family and friends together to do just that.”

The band, who have been together for six years and now live in London, have played alongside acclaimed acts Turin Brakes and Starsailor.

They raised £1,400 last year for the charity, which campaigns for road safety awareness and supports victims’ families.

The event will also feature performances from Workington-born singer-songwriter Bob Hallard, Cockermouth group The Authors and DJs Simon Cornwall and Joe Howard.

Doors open at 7pm and music will start at 7.30pm.

Admission will be a donation to RoadPeace, with a minimum contribution of £3 requested.

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