North West Wales

Festival tribute to Anglesey crash victim Tom McCann

Tom McCann
Image caption Tom McCann has been described as "always the life and soul"

The friends of an Anglesey man who died in a car crash are arranging a music festival in his honour.

Trainee chef Tom McCann, 20, from Carreglefn was killed after being involved in a collision on the A5052 between Menai Bridge and Pentraeth on 5 February.

The two-day Baystock event will take place on the outskirts of Cemaes Bay on 15 and 16 July.

Any profits from the event will go to the forces charity Help for Heroes.

Mr McCann, who was known as 'Scouse', was born in Birkenhead and moved to Anglesey in July 2001.

His friends Amy Leeson and James Steele said they came up with the idea for the outdoor festival because Mr McCann used to enjoy a similar event called Bayfest, which was cancelled for this year.

Both admitted they did not realise before they started how much work was involved.

"It's been really stressful, and there have been times when I've thought 'this isn't going to happen," said Mr Steele.

"It's definitely a lot of work, but we are pretty much there now," Ms Leeson added.

Bands will play on an outdoor stage, but there will also be a marquee and a campsite available.

The friends said they reckoned Mr McCann would be happy they were going to the trouble of arranging the event in his honour.

"He would be quite smug about it, but really proud I think," said Ms Leeson.

"His mum and dad and sister are supporting us 100%, helping us. They have been amazing," she added.

Elfed Jones, the vice-chairman of Llanbadrig Community Council which covers Cemaes Bay, said he supported the idea.

"It's a good idea, and there was a lot of support for the festival that used to be held there, although there were some complaints about the noise," he added.

A woman was arrested following the crash.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said she is "still on bail pending further inquiries".

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