FRIENDS of a teenager who died after contracting meningitis are planning to record a single in his memory to fund research into finding a vaccine for the illness.
Mark Tanton, who was in Year 10 at Campion School in Bugbrooke, was aged just 14 when he caught a rare strain of meningitis - meningococcal group Y - in September and died.
The members of his Towcester rock school band, Behind Closed Doors, where Mark, from Flore, played bass, will record a song called Gone Too Soon in his memory.
Guitarist Harry Mockett, 12, from Harpole, said: “We wrote the song for him and the song is about him. Mark was a really good player and I don’t think we will replace him.
“We are going to get it recorded on February 7. A guy saw us at a concert and said he could produce it and then hopefully we will get it on the radios and we will be able to raise money for The Meningitis Trust.”
The band, which includes Harry, Will Roberts, Richie Haynes and James Blunsdon, played their first gig since Mark’s death at the Rock School Christmas Concert on November 27, where a collection raised £563.96 for Meningitis UK.
Mark’s school friend Rosie Mockett, 14, also organised a disco in Mark’s memory on Friday, December 10, featuring Behind Closed Doors and other musicians, which raised over £1,000 and Chinese lanterns were let off with messages to Mark on them.
A fund has been set up at www. meningitisuk.tributefunds.com/fund/Mark+Tanton.