Leeds & West Yorkshire

Ben Manning remembered by music foundation

Ben Manning
Image caption Ben Manning loved playing and listening to music

A music foundation set up in the memory of a West Yorkshire teenager whose body was found in the River Calder has held its first event.

Ben Manning's body was recovered from the river at Thornes Lane Wharf, Wakefield, in February 2011.

The 17-year-old from Swillington, Leeds, was a promising musician.

Pupils at Ben's former school, Brigshaw in Castleford, were taught to play a musical instrument at the foundation event.

Lee Manning, Ben's brother, and director of the foundation, said: "It's simply because of Ben's love for music.

"He would have loved the news [of the foundation], he would have been at the front."

Ben had been to watch a friend's band in The Black Flag in Wakefield before he disappeared.

His death and the subsequent support from the local community inspired the Manning family to set up the charity in his memory.

The Ben Manning Music Foundation offers the opportunity for young people to begin, develop, and continue enjoyment of music.

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