First anniversary of crash next week
The families of two victims of a coach crash are preparing to travel down to the Bestival music festival where they spent their last days.
Michael Molloy, 18, from Woolton, and Kerry Ogden, 23, from Maghull, died along with 63-year-old driver Colin Daulby, from Warrington, when their coach crashed on the A3 in Hindhead, Surrey, as they travelled back to Merseyside from Bestival in the Isle of Wight.
Next Tuesday will mark the first anniversary of the crash.
Michael’s mum Frances said she was due to make her way down to the festival today with Michael’s brothers Joe and Liam and his dad Dave.
She said: “We’ll be staying in Bournemouth for a night and then getting to the Isle of Wight on the Wednesday, before the festival starts on Thursday.
“My two sisters and their families are travelling down as well, and some of Michael’s friends will be there.
“It was around Christmas time that we said we should go back to where he was. He had such an amazing time there.”
The family will stay in the Isle of Wight for the anniversary of Michael’s death before visiting the crash scene on the way back.
Frances added: “Michael was very family-orientated and he loved family get togethers so he would have loved this.
“It is going to be very hard and I have been talking about how to prepare but I think I will just have to go with it when I’m down there.
“I hope it will make me feel closer to Michael in a way.”
While there the Molloy family will meet with Kerry’s dad Rob Ogden, who will be at the festival with friends.
He said: “We have been going to festivals for 30 years but I don’t know whether it will be like a normal festival or if it will be more like a pilgrimage.
“I suppose it will be somewhere in the middle.”
He added: “I think the hardest part will probably be the journey down there because it was the same journey she made this time last year when everything was good and happy.”
While at Bestival the families will be meeting with organiser and Radio One DJ Rob Da Bank.
Frances said: “Bestival have been really good with helping us to organise everything and have tried to make it as memorable as possible for us, even though they know it will be painful.
“It’s quite overwhelming really.”
Frances said she hoped Michael’s song Rise and Fall, which made the top 40 earlier this year, would be played at some point during the festival.
She said: “To hear Michael’s song at a festival was always in the plan.”