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Sister organises Sudbury music festival to celebrate life of Arran Tosh

Arran with sister Abbie, 21, who has organised a music festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Arran with sister Abbie, 21, who has organised a music festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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The sister of a teenage boy from Sudbury who died from a brain tumour three years ago has organised a music festival in his memory.

Arran Tosh with his familyArran Tosh with his family

Abbie Tosh, 21, is putting on the Smile Festival in memory of 13-year-old brother Arran, who died in 2014 after being diagnosed with cancer following a routine eye test.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Smile of Arran Trust – a charity set up by his family which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for brain tumour research.

Abbie has organised the festival with James Price, 21, and the pair have secured an impressive line-up, including X-Factor’s Wagner and Graeme Clark from Wet Wet Wet.

She said: “It’s the first we’ve ever done anything like this and it’s been an eye-opener. Probably the easiest part was putting the line-up together.

Arran with sister Abbie, 21, who has organised a music festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDArran with sister Abbie, 21, who has organised a music festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

“But Arran inspires me every day, because this is something he would have loved, so in that respect it has been easy.

“We’re just hoping the day is a big success and we can build on it in years to come.

“The band which will open the festival – Stems – is made up of Arran’s friends, and Graham Clark from Wet Wet Wet has been really supportive of what we’re doing.

“My mum and dad are big Wet Wet Wet fans so they can’t believe I’ve been talking to him on the phone.”

Arran Tosh with his mum AlisonArran Tosh with his mum Alison

Keen musician Arran had been busking outside the Cancer Research shop in Sudbury to raise money for the charity just a week before his own illness was uncovered.

Abbie, who is taking a year off from her studies to be a paediatric nurse, said: “He was a selfless, loving young boy who was wise beyond his years.

“He had been fundraising for Cancer Research just before his death, and would busk outside the charity shop before taking all the proceeds inside at the end.

“Since his death, my brother has touched the lives of many people and the festival will celebrate his life and the legacy he has left behind.”

The Smile Festival will take place at the Wardale Williams Stadium in Sudbury on Saturday, July 22.

Games, activities and food and drink will also be available.

Prices: Under 12s: Free, Child (12-15yrs): £16, Adult (16+): £21.

For more information, click here to visit the Smile Festival website.

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