Shrewsbury House music suite named after Joseph Lappin

image captionJoseph Lappin had been at the club watching a band practice before he was murdered

A refurbished youth club in Liverpool, with a music suite dedicated to murdered teenager Joseph Lappin, is being officially re-opened.

Shrewsbury House in Everton has had £130,000 spent on the new band practice room, a fitness suite, snooker area and enlarged balcony.

The 16-year-old Army cadet from Old Swan was fatally stabbed outside the club on 20 October, 2008.

Funding came from Liverpool City Council, donations and trust funds.

Local bands will perform at an opening celebration event later at the club, which is known locally as the Shewsy and is used by about 90 young people every day.

'Hugely popular'

Councillor Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for the youth service, said: "This investment in Shrewsbury House Youth Club has provided top quality facilities for local youngsters.

"The new fitness suite and music room provide a place for teenagers to come and take part in activities that interest them, rather than hanging around street corners."

John Hutchison, from Shrewsbury House, said: "The youth centre is a long established part of life in Everton and is hugely popular with local youngsters.

"The new facilities will be well used over the coming years and will provide education and enjoyment for our members."

Joseph had been visiting the club for the first time with friends to watch a band practice when he was attacked by a gang of 10 youths and men.

James Moore, 17, was jailed for a minimum of 17 years after admitting his murder while nine others were jailed after admitting conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

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