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Concert to celebrate life of Joy Soffe

A MEMORIAL concert in tribute to a popular teenager killed in a road traffic collision is to be held in Hawarden.

Northop Brass Band will put on a special performance at Hawarden High School tomorrow evening (Friday) in memory of Joy Soffe, a 13-year-old keen hockey player and musician from Ewloe.

The teenager, a pupil of the school and member of the band, died in July when the bike she was riding was in collision with a car on the A550 at Dobshill.

Tomorrow’s fundraiser will feature performances by three elements of the band­– the training, youth and senior sections.

Douglas Watts, chairman of the band management committee and a family friend, said: “Joy was a lovely, energetic and popular girl.

“She played mainly in the training band but had moved up to the youth band.

“In November last year she won a cup for being best percussion soloist in the North Wales Brass Band contest in Llandudno.”

He added: “The concert was our idea. We felt we had to do something in her memory so we had a meeting and decided we would have a concert.”

Northop Brass Band stages three concerts a year to raise funds for the maintenance of the Northop Band Room, where performances are normally held, but the venue was deemed too small for this event.

“We approached the school and they were more than willing to hold it there and it made a lot of sense because so many of her friends will want to come.”

Joy’s parents, Paul and Pascalle Soffe, wish for the funds raised to be in aid of Northop Brass Band.

After Joy’s death they paid tribute to her saying “Joy by name, Joy by nature.

“She will be remembered for her love of nature and for her musical and sporting gifts. She loved life so much, and above all she loved Jesus.”

The concert at Hawarden High School starts at 7.15pm. Tickets are available on the door priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children