Musical tribute to fund memorial for tragic Leeds teenager

Friends of teenage sports prospect Lewis Barry are paying a musical tribute to their much-missed pal.

Highly-rated cycling starlet Lewis, 15, died in his sleep at his family's home in Garforth over the summer after his heart suddenly stopped beating.

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Now a band called Forbidden Link - made up of five of Lewis's schoolfriends at Garforth Academy – are about to release a single in his honour.

Proceeds from the sales of Sleep Well (Gained An Angel) will be used to buy a memorial bench.

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It will be placed in Roundhay Park, where Lewis regularly raced in the West Riding Track League.

Any cash left over will be donated to the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity.

Ben Fletcher, guitarist with Forbidden Link, said: "Lewis was a friend of ours and the band wanted to produce a tribute to him and raise some funds for a permanent memorial."

Lewis's parents, Mark and Carol Barry, said they were delighted by the group's gesture.

Mark, himself a former Olympic cyclist, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Lewis loved live music and was tremendously proud of the boys.

"He would be delighted with their efforts and want his mother and I to support the band."

Forbidden Link's other members are Leyton Hodgson, Danny Brown, Callum Jackson and George Watts.

Their single was recorded at the Purple Pro Audio Studio in Bramley, Leeds, while its artwork was put together by Wakefield-based Ikon Design.

Lewis had been cycling seriously since he was 11 and was expected to make the Great Britain team when he was older.

Hundreds of people took part in a bike ride from Manchester to Leeds in September to raise sponsorship cash in his memory.

* Sleep Well (Gained An Angel) is being launched at an event at Garforth Liberal Club at 3.30pm tomorrow. (Tuesday, Dece 7)

The single will then go on sale at Garforth Bookshop.

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