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Glastonbury Festival is a mecca of sorts to all music lovers and aspiring musicians and Frances Molloy’s son Michael had been no different. An aspiring musician himself, Michael was planning to go but tragically died in a car crash while coming home from “Bestival,” which is a music festival held in the Isle of Wight. Aside from Michael, two others were also killed in the crash. He was 18 years old.
Knowing how much Glastonbury was on top of Michael’s bucket list, the grieving mom decided to attend the festival instead. And seven years later, that entry on the list was finally ticked off.
The 56-year-old Frances went to the performances of all her son’s favorite artists while carrying a flag and a cushion featuring Michael’s face.
Frances said: “Glastonbury was magical and very emotional – I’d been wanting to do it for such a long time and we’d struggled to get tickets.
“But after writing to Glastonbury this year and explaining why it was so important, we finally got tickets.
“Michael still has his unused Glastonbury 2013 ticket in his memory box and I wanted to be able to do this one thing for him.
“I’d stopped him going before – he was only fifteen and I wasn’t sure about him going on his own.
“It had haunted me for years, and in hindsight, I wished I’d gone with him.
“So it made me more determined that this year, I would take him with me.
“I took two flags with Michael on, and a pillow that I sleep with.
“I was determined that I’d take him with me everywhere I went, and through me, he’d get to attend his dream festival.
“If his flag wasn’t flying, he was wrapped around me.”
With Frances were Michael’s former bandmates and school friends as well as those who are campaigning to reform bus safety.
A July 2013 investigation found that the tires being used were even older than Michael himself.
Frances said, “The tire that caused the crash was 20 years old – it was older than Michael himself.
“After the inquest, I told myself that I couldn’t ever let it happen again.
“I wanted to make sure that no other mother had to go through the same he**.
“It’s a life of sheer hell, knowing that his death was entirely preventable.
” I set up a campaign called Tyred but the legislation we wanted passing – to ban the use of old tires, the bill was rejected seven times by the government.
“The campaign has become everything – I’ve had people helping me, like Zoe Wallace, the project manager and now, we’re looking to have legislation in place by the end of the year.
Frances added, “my biggest fear is that people stop talking about him.
“As an aspiring musician, to not come home from a festival is the worst thing possible.
“It’s still difficult to get up and get out of bed in a morning – he’s left such a big hole.
“But there is nothing more fearless than a mother who has lost her child – I’m determined I’ll get this bill passed, and I’ll complete his wishes like Glastonbury.”