Bands’ tribute to murdered Helen

Festival: Musicians perform at a previous event in memory of Helen Stokes
Festival: Musicians perform at a previous event in memory of Helen Stokes
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THE date for a music festival to honour a young woman killed by her boyfriend has been announced.

This year’s Stokes Stock - in memory of nurse Helen Stokes from Copley, Halifax - takes place on Saturday, August 6 at the Upper George and Brass Cat in Halifax town centre.

The festival has been held annually since 2007 to remember much-loved Helen, 30, who was beaten to death with a hammer by Steven Balme, 34, of Dean Court, Copley, in 2006.

The day will consist of 18 bands playing a 10-hour music marathon, starting at noon.

As this year marks five years since Helen’s death, organisers plan to light five sky lanterns and launch them in her honour.

Dave Sykes, one of the people co-ordinating the event, said: “Bands will play various styles of music which will suit everybody, from rock roll to pop, metal to folk, blues to acoustic. This year’s Stokes Stock is definitely not to be missed.

“Helen Stokes, Mama Stokes, may be gone but she’s certainly not forgotten.”

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