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Concert staged for attack victim
Sophie Lancaster
Sophie was attacked while in the park with her boyfriend
A memorial concert has been held to celebrate what would have been the 21st birthday of a woman who died following an attack in a skate park.

Sophie Lancaster died two weeks after the attack in Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Lancashire on 11 August.

The event, for 200 of Sophie's friends and family, was staged at St Mary's Chambers in Rawtenstall.

Some of her favourite local bands played and 21 black balloons were released from the venue.

A one minute "noise" was also held at midnight with all the bands on stage as a show of "solidarity and respect" for Sophie.

The 20-year-old was walking through the park with her boyfriend Robert Maltby, 21, when the pair were attacked.

She was left with serious head and facial injuries and died on 24 August after falling into a coma.

Mr Maltby suffered serious head injuries, but recovered.

The pair, who were Goths, had previously been targeted because of the way they dressed.

Following her death, Miss Lancaster's parents Sylvia and John began a campaign to highlight the hostility Goths face.

Five teenagers have appeared in court charged with Miss Lancaster's murder.

Two 17-year-olds and three 15-year-olds, all from Bacup, are due to face trial at Preston Crown Court next March.



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