By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A heartbroken mum has attended Glastonbury in a bid to fulfil her son’s bucketlist after he tragically died before being able to attend the festival.
Aspiring musician Michael Molloy, 18, was killed in a car crash on the way home from ‘Bestival’, a music festival on the Isle of Wight.
Michael’s mum, Frances Molloy, 56, has been attempting to tick off his musical bucket list in his place since his death – and seven years on, has finally managed to tick off his ultimate wish which was to attend Glastonbury.
Taking a flag and cushion of her youngest son’s face everywhere with her, she attended all his favourite artists’ performances across the iconic festival.
Frances said: “Glastonbury was magical and very emotional – I’d been wanting to do it for such a long time and we’d struggled to get tickets.
“But after writing to Glastonbury this year and explaining why it was so important, we finally got tickets.
“Michael still has his unused Glastonbury 2013 ticket in his memory box and I wanted to be able to do this one thing for him.
“I’d stopped him going before – he was only fifteen and I wasn’t sure about him going on his own.
“It had haunted me for years, and in hindsight I wished I’d gone with him.
“So it made me more determined that this year, I would take him with me.
“I took two flags with Michael on, and a pillow that I sleep with.
“I was determined that I’d take him with me everywhere I went, and through me, he’d get to attend his dream festival.
“If his flag wasn’t flying, he was wrapped around me.”
Michael’s former band-mates also attended the festival, along with former school friends and those who are now campaigning for a reform in coach safety.
The inquest, held in July 2013, following the crash that killed two others beside Michael, showed that the coach had been using tyres older than the teen himself.
Frances said, “The tyre that caused the crash was 20 years old – it was older than Michael himself.
“After the inquest, I told myself that I couldn’t ever let it happen again.
“I wanted to make sure that no other mother had to go through the same hell.
“It’s life of sheer hell, knowing that his death was entirely preventable.
” I set up a campaign called Tyred but the legislation we wanted passing – to ban the use of old tyres, the bill was rejected seven times by the government.
“The campaign has become everything – I’ve had people helping me, like Zoe Wallace, the project manager and now, we’re looking to have legislation in place by the end of the year.
Frances added, “my biggest fear is that people stop talking about him.
“As an aspiring musician, to not come home from a festival is the worst thing possible.
“It’s still difficult to get up and get out of bed in a morning – he’s left such a big hole.
“But there is nothing more fearless than a mother who has lost her child – I’m determined I’ll get this bill passed, and I’ll complete his wishes like Glastonbury.”