Fundraising concert in memory of Guardsman killed in Afghanistan

Michael Sweeney.
Michael Sweeney.

Friends and family of a fallen Northumberland soldier will come together this weekend for a special concert in his memory.

Guardsman Michael Sweeney, from Blyth, was just 19 when he died in April 2010 while serving his country with the Coldstream Guards in Afghanistan.

This is the fifth anniversary of Michael’s tragic passing and a concert in his memory at the church where his funeral took place seemed fitting

Kim Sweeney

But in a lasting legacy, his parents Kim and Michael have raised thousands for charity in his memory.

As well as the annual Michael Sweeney Memorial football match at Blyth Spartans’ Croft Park, a military tea dance and other events, Kim has organised a special concert for Michael.

“This is the fifth anniversary of Michael’s tragic passing and a concert in his memory at the church where his funeral took place seemed fitting,” she said.

Michael was killed in an explosion in Helmand Province while on patrol on April 1.

In his memory his parents have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity.

The Band from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, are presenting a concert in memory of Michael at St Mary’s Church, Wanley Street, Blyth, on Saturday, March 7, starting at 7pm.

All proceeds will be divided equally between the ABF – The Soldiers Charity and Brainbox, a children’s charity based in Newcastle which helps families who have a child with an acquired brain injury.

Tickets are priced at £7 and can be purchased from the Blyth & Tyne Pub.

For advance tickets contact Brian at the Blyth and Tyne on 07761 518228, or Julie on 07903 046290, or email juliemcordon@gmail.com

A small number of tickets may also be available to buy on the night.