Shropshire

Shrewsbury Big Busk remembers murdered Ben Bebbington

Shropshire band Thomson Oldeman playing in Shrewsbury
Image caption Shropshire band Thomson Oldeman were among more than 40 acts playing throughout Shrewsbury in memory of Mr Bebbington

A busking festival has been held in Shrewsbury in memory of a man who was killed on an old canal footpath.

Forty three-year-old Guy Benson Bebbington, known as Ben, was found with severe head injuries between Ditherington Road and Telford Way in September and later died in hospital.

A 21-year-old man has admitted murder, while another, aged 18, is due to stand trial next month.

More than 40 acts were involved in the event which ran 10:00 to 16:00 BST.

Image caption Mr Bebbington died in hospital after suffering head injuries in the attack

Mr Bebbington's sister Karen Higgins said it was the perfect way to remember him.

"He would love this and be in the middle of it," she said.

"He was a big musician and poet, so we thought there's nothing better to pay tribute to him and raise funding for somewhere that was very special to him, the Shrewsbury Ark."

Mr Bebbington was a regular visitor at the charity drop-in centre, set up to support homeless and vulnerable people in Shrewsbury.

More than 200 people were involved in the Big Busk, which opened on Pride Hill.

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