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Hooisers to star at Smile festival

PUBLISHED: 10:23 27 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:55 27 March 2019

The Hoosiers will play at the Smile Festival in Sudbury Picture: SMILE FESTIVAL

The Hoosiers will play at the Smile Festival in Sudbury Picture: SMILE FESTIVAL

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Pop-rock band The Hoosiers are to play at Sudbury's Smile festival.

Arran Tosh with his mum AlisonArran Tosh with his mum Alison

The popular music festival held in memory of Sudbury teenager Arran Tosh will be held on July 20 at AFC Sudbury.

The Hoosiers had hits with Goodbye Mr A and Worried About Ray and will join Just Jack and Sahara Snow on the bill.

The festival is in memory of 13-year-old music lover Arran, who died from a brain tumour in 2015 aged 13.

It has been organised by Arran’s sister Abbie and her partner James Price, and returns two years after being launched in 2017.

Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Clark, Wagner and Matt Owens and Fred Abbott from Noah and the Whale performed at the 2017 festival.

All the money raised will go to The Smile of Arran Trust, which was set up by Arran’s family after his death and has since raised more than £200,000.

The money raised has gone towards brain tumour and cancer research, as well as a grant system for families with children suffering from the conditions.

Arran was a pupil at Hedingham school in Halstead, near Sudbury, when he was diagnosed with cancer following a routine eye test.

The youngster would often busk on Sudbury high street to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Abbie said: “He was such a lovable boy with the biggest smile.

“We wanted to organise an event that would bring people together, where Arran’s story can be shared through an event that includes a little of his personality.

“Obviously we want to raise as much as we can, but in a way the most important thing about the festival is that we raise awareness of the charity through something which Arran loved.

More information about the festival and line-up can be found at the festival website.

To find out more about the work of the trust, go to the Smile of Arran

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