OPINION: Matt Fest provides hope

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What started out as an event in memory of Sheffield teenager Matthew Cryer, who was killed on his first holiday abroad alone at the age of 17, has grown into a global event.

The money raised through Matt Fest will hopefully be used to improve youth facilities in Frecheville but also to pay for the family’s continuing fight for justice.

An inquest ruled that Matthew, who grew up in Frecheville and Killamarsh, was unlawfully killed. Thousands of people are expected to attend Matt Fest and it is hoped that up to £250,000 could be raised from the £2 entry fee.

Anyone who has followed the family’s battle for justice for Matthew through The Star knows the fight will go on.

It would be easy for the family to give up hope in the face of the hurdles put in their way over the years.

But the way the community has rallied to their side to support their case is typified by the growth of the music festival.

We often hear how communities are fractured but here is a terrific example of people working together for a cause.

Matt Fest is a fun event, but represents a serious and tragic event.

We wish the organisers well with this year’s festival.

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