A charity football match sponsored by Claremont raised vital funds for two charities last weekend and brought the local community together too. Named TarryFest, the day-long event was held in memory of Craig Tarry, the manager of the band Viola Beach, who died in a car accident early this year.
Raising more than £17,500 for local hospice St Rocco’s and national charity Music 4 All, Bruche Athletic played Fife Rangers at Monk Sports and Social Club in Woolston and scored 1-0 to win the match. The event also included live performances from Ohasis, Hidden Charms and The Grand Illusion plus a raffle and auction. The day was well attended by Craig’s friends and family, Viola Beach fans and Warrington locals.
Ann Clarke, joint managing director of Claremont, said: “As a local business and one that’s been rooted in Warrington for almost 40 years, we felt the sense of loss in the community and among our employees when Viola Beach and their manager Craig were involved in the tragic accident earlier this year. It seemed only right that we show our support for TarryFest. It’s an honour to be involved and we’re really delighted to see that local charity St Rocco’s, our former charity of the year, is benefiting from the event too.”
Sam Howard, event manager and close friend of Craig Tarry, said: “I would like to thank the Claremont team for their involvement with the event, which was overall a huge success. All the friends and family can’t thank Claremont enough for their support during this emotional time. Hopefully, if all goes well, we will be looking to hold the event again next year. Once again, thank you.”