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Sheffield Matt Fest is the best ever

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  • by Rachel Parry
 

Crowds flocked to a Sheffield pub for the ‘biggest ever’ event held as part of a family’s campaign for justice.

Matt Fest, at The Birley Hotel in Frechville, featured a full day of live music and entertainment yesterday, including performances by four Sheffield bands.

It was organised as part of the campaign to get justice over the death of Matthew Cryer, who died in Greece on his first holiday abroad without his parents, aged 17.

The annual event attracted more than 1,500 supporters making it the biggest Matt Fest to date.

Matt’s dad David Cryer, said: “It’s been such a great day - we couldn’t have asked for better weather or support.

“The sunshine has brought the community out and it’s great to see people enjoying themselves while we raise awareness and money for our appeal.

“Matt loved music so the festival is a fitting tribute.”

Matt, who grew up in Frechville, was in Zante in July 2008 when he died outside the Cocktail and Dreams nightclub in Laganas.

Relatives have been fighting for justice since a Chesterfield inquest ruled Matt was unlawfully killed after being beaten and pushed down a flight of stairs by bouncers.

The Star has backed the campaign.

 

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