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Whitehall Rec came alive with noise, music and colour in memory of a much-loved Hillmorton boy who died earlier this year.

A family fun day was held to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust after Joel Smith lost his battle with leukaemia, aged 15.

X-Factor favourites Kingsland Road played at Saturday’s Party in the Park: RELOADED, organised by Joel’s family.

His aunt, Hayley Hammond, said she and Joel had started organising the event before he tragically passed away.

And she feels the community did Joel proud.

Hayley said: “It was an amazing day and the support from the whole of the Rugby community can only be described as cracking.

“We couldn’t have heldthe day without all the help and support from everybody.”

A two minutes silence was held to remember Joel.

“The balloon release was the most emotional part,” she said.

“We held a two minute silence for Joel during a song, and then all together released to Team Joel. I was in tears.”

Organisers paid tribute to the bands who gave their time and put in memorable performances.

Kingsland Road’s Joe ‘Connor’ Conaboy and Joel both went to Bilton School.

The band met Joel while he was in hospital and were saddened to hear he lost his fight with the disease.

Connor said: “To be able to perform meant a lot to us and we were really honoured to be asked to perform.”

Attractions also included fun fair rides, bands, performances, exhibitions, a beer tent from Wood Farm Brewery, demonstrations and music.

 

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