THE STAR SAYS: Sheffield will never forget Matt Cryer

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Thousands of Sheffield people enjoyed music festivities around the city this weekend.

No, it isn’t quite time for Tramlines just yet, as this was for an event that is rapidly growing and jokingly referred to as a rival by organisers.

Matt-Fest has been held in memory of Sheffield teenager Matt Cryer, who died aged just 17 on his first holiday in Greece, for five years now.

This year there was a difference though.

Not only was Owls fan Matt remembered and toasted across Sheffield, from The Birley in Frecheville where it all began to the Wisewood Inn in Loxley, but he was also honoured across the country, even internationally.

Believe it or not this great cause will make it as far as Bermuda when there is a charity football match in September.

The organisers have done a fantastic job in spreading the word - but they have good reason.

One of then is Matt’s dad, David Cryer, who has campaigned for justice ever since his tragic death six years ago now.

Those of you who have followed the campaign - which is backed by The Star - will remember that the Greek authorities at first claimed that Matt had died because he drank too much.

That was false.

An inquest in Chesterfield ruled he had been unlawfully killed, and heard evidence that he had been beaten and kicked down a flight of stairs outside the Cocktail and Dreams nightclub in Laganas, Zante.

Despite that ruling, the fight has been far from easy to conclude.

Hopes have been raised and dashed many times in a complex, lengthy and expensive legal nightmare for the family.

Last year six men stood trial in Greece - but they were acquitted.

In a further heart-breaking blow, it took 19 days for the family in the UK to even find out the decision.

Despite their best efforts to challenge the decision, David was most recently told by the Government that all legal options have now been ‘exhausted.’

Yet he has vowed to never give up, determined to not rest until the death of his son is put right.

Pictures from Matt-Fest on page three of today’s Star show a good time was had by all, in the name of an excellent cause.

The Greek authorities may have failed and forgotten Matt, but the people of Sheffield have not, and we believe that they never will.