Show tribute to Shrewsbury panto gas blast victim

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Explosion in Shrewsbury town centre-photo by Bill Gee
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Twelve people were hurt in the blast and HSE investigations into the cause are continuing

A concert has been organised in honour of a pantomime performer who was hurt in a gas explosion in Shrewsbury.

Kiley McDonnell and 11 others were injured in the blast by Bridge Street and Smithfield Road on 3 January.

McDonnell was starring in Peter Pan at the Theatre Severn when he was crushed by a falling wall and permanently lost the use of his legs.

The theatre was due to stage a variety show on Sunday night featuring him as the guest of honour.

Mr McDonnell spent seven months in hospital following the explosion.

A collection was due to be made during the performance on Sunday night to help the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where he was treated.

The show has been supported by singers, comedians and dancers from across Britain and 638 tickets sold out for the performance within a few hours of going on sale, organiser Dean Winters said.

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