Memorial concert for M5 crash victims

Event will take place exactly a year after the tragedy and will remember all those involved, including emergency service workers and witnesses.

The victims of one of the worst ever pile-ups on the M5 are to be remembered during a memorial concert led by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Band.

The event will take place at The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton exactly a year after the tragedy, on November 4.

It aims to remember all those who were involved in the incident - from the injured and emergency services personnel to witnesses and bereaved families.

Seven people died and more than 50 were injured in the crash, which happened near junction 25 on the night of Bridgwater Carnival.

The theatre has been given to the event organisers free of charge and the concert will be staged at 3pm.

A silent auction will be held to raise money for two local charities that supports professional who were involved in the aftermath of the crash -The Fire Fighters Charity, which enhances the quality of life for serving and retired personnel and their families, and SAVES, Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service, a small voluntary group of highly qualified doctors who support the ambulance service when requested to seriously ill patients.

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The charities will benefit equally from the proceeds of the auction, which will take place in the week leading up to the concert.

So far donations include:

• a 30 minute flight in a Stampe vintage bi-plane, built as a trainer for the French Air Force in 1945.

• A morning behind the scenes at a fire station.

• A clarinet or saxophone lesson with Susan White, a professional musician and Music Director of the Service’s concert band.

Tickets to the concert are available from �10 at the Brewhouse Theatre or by visiting