Variety show for Shannon

Shannon Deakin
Shannon Deakin

A HUGE variety show will take place next month in memory of tragic Dearne student Shannon Deakin.

The show, to be staged at Kirk Balk Community College Theatre, Hoyland, where Shannon was a former pupil, is the latest in a series of events held in her memory.

Sixteen-year old Shannon, of Croft Road, Hoyland, died after a blood clot in her leg was undiagnosed and led to her collapse at home on December 3.

Hundreds of friends and family attended her funeral and walked behind the horse-drawn hearse that carried her coffin to church.

Stars from the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent have joined the line-up for the February 22 show, organised by Shannon’s friend Luke Greenslade.

Luke, 20, said the event will feature talented pupils alongside professional acts. Recent X-Factor boy band The Risk may appear. But singer Alan Turner has confirmed, as have Britain’s Got Talent’s Ted and Grace.

Over 260 tickets have already been sold, with proceeds to go towards a memorial bench, and to a charity for premature babies as Shannon had hoped for a career as a midwife.

A race night takes place on Saturday, from 7.30pm at the Royal Oak, Platts Common, and a recent charity football match for Shannon raised over £1300. Shannon’s mum Sue Deakin said: “The support we have had has been absolutely fantastic”. Show tickets are £3 and can be bought from the school, from the Prospect Tavern, or from Luke tel. 07985 770099.