Concert to remember Topsham rugby player Lily

PUBLISHED: 10:14 07 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 07 September 2016

Lily Partridge.

Lily Partridge.


A young Topsham rugby player who died after being injured in a tackle is to be remembered by the band she saw in concert the night before her death.

Last December Lily Partridge went to see award-winning Devon folk duo Show of Hands in Exmouth with her partner and mother.

But the following day the 22-year-old suffered a fatal head injury while playing rugby in North Devon.

Now Show of Hands and some of their old musical friends are performing a special memorial concert in Exeter this Sunday evening.

And Lily’s mum Liz has written a song about her daughter which will be performed on the night.

Show of Hands’ Steve Knightley and Phil Beer arranged the special one off show and said: “Lily tragically died last year, the day after seeing our show in Exmouth.

“Her mother Liz is an old friend of the band who used to sing in the East Devon area when we all started performing back in the day.”

There are tickets still available for the show which Steve Knightley said was ‘very much a reunion’ of old friends from the East Devon folk scene from the mid 70s.

He said: “It is not a night anyone wanted to happen but Liz wrote some lovely words for Lily that we recorded.”

Phil Beer said: “I didn’t know Lily and obviously it was a very sad accident.

“But I knew her mother very well but not seen her for some years.”

The tribute song will be available to be downloaded from the band’s Facebook page.

All money raised from the concert and download will be split between two Devon charities.

Those funds will be on top of the £20,000 that Lily’s family and friends have already raised and distributed to other local charities including the Devon Air Ambulance, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Shaldon Zoo where Lily worked as a keeper.

Exonion Ladies player Lily also donated her organs which helped save the lives of at least four people who were on the organ donor register.

Lily was a front row rugby player who was a founder member of the Topsham-based club and had been taking part in a Devon training match at North Tawton when she was fatally hurt in a tackle.

Her family marked what would have been her 23rd birthday by donating a life saving defibrillator machine at Beer in east Devon – her favourite seaside location.

The concert is at the Corn Exchange on Sunday, September 11, starting at 7.30pm.

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