Starsailor singer’s tribute to Viola Beach

Indie-pop band Viola Beach
Indie-pop band Viola Beach

Starsailor frontman has paid tribute to members of Viola Beach, who died after their car plunged off a bridge in Sweden last weekend.

James Walsh, who attended Wigan and Leigh College, posted on Twitter; “Very sad to hear the awful news about Warrington’s Viola Beach and their manager. Lives and music tragically cut short in their prime.”

The band, made up of four friends from Warrington, were guitarist and vocalist Kristian Leonard, 20; guitarist River Reeves, 19; bass player Tomas Lowe, 27, and drummer Jack Dakin, 19, as well as manager Craig Tarry, 32. The vehicle plunged more than 25m through a gap in the highway bridge, which had opened to let a boat pass underneath.