Jane’s memory to ‘live on’ in a song

VIP treatment: Jane Clough's family met Basement Jaxx backstage after they dedicated a song to her. Pictured, from left, John Clough, Felix Buxton from Basement Jaxx, Jane's brother Pete, Penny Clough and Jane's sister Louise. Below: Jane Clough
VIP treatment: Jane Clough's family met Basement Jaxx backstage after they dedicated a song to her. Pictured, from left, John Clough, Felix Buxton from Basement Jaxx, Jane's brother Pete, Penny Clough and Jane's sister Louise. Below: Jane Clough
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The family of a murdered Blackpool Victoria Hospital nurse say her memory will “live on” after one of her favourite bands dedicated a song to her during their UK tour.

Basement Jaxx duo Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe were so moved by the tragic death of mum-of-one Jane Clough that they performed their hit song Do Your Thing in her name.

Justice for Jane campaign  -  murder victim Jane Clough.

Justice for Jane campaign - murder victim Jane Clough.

Jane’s parents, John and Penny, her brother Pete and sister Louise, were given VIP backstage treatment and sat on the front row of the balcony at The Apollo in Manchester to witness the special moment.

Mrs Clough said the family couldn’t believe it when they heard the lead vocalist introduce the song by saying: “Did you come for a rave tonight? Are you ready to do your thing? This song is for Jane Clough.”

She said: “It was amazing.

“That was Jane’s song. We played it at her funeral, and I play it whenever I go up to her memorial tree.

“Being there with Louise and Peter, it was as close to being a family as we could get.

“Jane would have loved it, she would have been there with us. It makes her live on a bit.

“I feel so humble – it’s wonderful for them to do that for us. It’s incredibly touching.”

The song dedication came about after the band was contacted by Louise Brown, who worked with the family at a domestic violence event.

Mrs Clough, from Barrowford, east Lancashire, added: “It was fantastic that people made this happen.

“As soon as Felix and Simon had freshened up they came to meet us and we went backstage.

“I got Jane’s Basement Jaxx CD signed. They were just so friendly. They even seemed apologetic that Jane had died.

“They cared enough about what happened to Jane to do this, and as Jane’s family that is so meaningful.”

Jane was only 26 when she was murdered in July 2010 by her ex-partner Johnathan Vass, as she arrived for work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Vass, who was on bail at the time after being charged with nine counts of rape, was jailed for her murder.

Since then, Jane’s family has campaigned tirelessly for Justice for Jane and to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence.

The couple recently spoke in front of 150 major business leaders at the Guildhall in London to encourage domestic abuse policies in the workplace.