March in memory of tragic Sophie

Sophie Lancaster was kicked to death in a park because she was dressed as a Goth
Sophie Lancaster was kicked to death in a park because she was dressed as a Goth
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FRIENDS of student Sophie Lancaster, who was stamped to death for being a goth, will march in Blackpool next month.

The march has been organised to raise awareness about discrimination and will coincide with the Rebellion punk festival, which will take place in the resort next month.

Organiser Lindsey Appleton hopes people who want to raise awareness for The Sophie Foundation will join the event.

Sophie, 20, died on August 24, 2007 after being attacked in a park in Bacup, in Lancashire.

Lindsey Appleton, who has helped to organise the march, said: “Calling all goths, rockers, emos, metal heads, bikers and punks. We would like everyone to come down and take part in this peaceful march.

“The march is being organised to raise awareness for The Sophie Foundation. With it being the Rebellion Festival we think it’s a perfect opportunity for people from all sub-culture to join together, get more involved and find out about what the foundation is about.

“We want to make the community aware that discrimination is an issue in today’s society and make people aware of the issue.”

The march will take place at 12pm from North Pier to South Pier on Saturday, August 6.

A Facebook group called Peaceful March Along Blackpool Seafront was set up.

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established following Sophie’s death. She was walking through a park with boyfriend Robert Maltby when they were set upon by youths.

The gap-year student suffered fatal injuries while cradling her boyfriend’s head in an attempt to protect him from the ferocious attack. Rob survived but Sophie went into a coma and never recovered.

Ryan Herbert and Brendan Harris, both from Bacup, were jailed for life in 2008 for Sophie’s murder, and for causing grievous bodily harm to Rob.

They were both 15 at the time of the attack.

A spokesman for the foundation said: “Sophie and Rob dressed in their unique way, expressing their individuality as creative artistic people.

“We felt a charity should be set up in Sophie’s name. It will focus on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities.

“It will also work in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals are protected by the law.”