Benjamin Wapples: Tribute gig in memory of much-loved musician

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Tributes have been paid to a much loved musician who died after he was involved in a collision with a taxi on a night out.

Police said Benjamin Thomas Wapples, 22, was involved in the collision with a Toyota Avensis at 2.55am on Sunday, November 1.

He had been on a night out dressed as a fox character from the television programme The Mighty Boosh for Halloween with friends.

Mr Wapples, of Westfield Road, Hemsworth, got off a train at East Garforth railway station in Leeds when he was involved in the collision.

The incident happened on Aberford Road, near to the junction with Great North Road, and the taxi had been travelling along Aberford Road towards the M1.

Mr Wapples was a lead guitarist in the up-and-coming band New Vinyl.

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The band’s lead singer Danny Allison said: “Ben was in the band for five years and was a huge part of all our lives. He was like a brother to me.

“Everyone loved him. He was a charismatic guy and just as the band was complete it now feels like we are missing the final piece of the jigsaw.”

New Vinyl released their single Fly High this summer.

Mr Allison said: “He loved the music and the arts and we had a great laugh touring the UK and in Europe. Ben’s influence will be with us forever.”

Mr Wapples’s friend Amy Badat also paid tribute to him.

She said: “Ben was one of a kind and a real true spirit. It has been a huge shock losing him so suddenly, especially for his family.”

Mr Wapples’ funeral will take place at Hemsworth Methodist Church at 12.20pm today.

Det Sgt Carole Greaves, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team is appealing for any witnesses to the incident near East Garforth railway station. The driver of the Toyota has been interviewed by officers. Anyone with information should call Wakefield CID on 101.

Bands to celebrate Ben’s life with a tribute gig at Unity Works

A tribute gig has been organised to raise money for Ben Wapples’ family. Ben died after he was involved in a collision with a taxi.

Mr Wapples’ favourite band Dog Is Dead will headline the event.

The Cribs’ Ross Jarman will perform a DJ set and he will be joined on the bill by bands New Vinyl, Skinny Living and Vinyl Party.

Stand up comedian Micky P Kerr will also perform at the gig.

New Vinyl lead singer Danny Allison said: “Doing the gig is the only way we know how to pay tribute to Ben. He will be sadly missed.”

The event will take place at Unity Works in Wakefield on Friday, December 18. Tickets cost £6 and the doors open at 8pm.

Tickets can be bought from Unity Works or by searching for Ben Wapples on https://billetto.co.uk/en/search.

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