Hedingham Music Festival in memory of returning musician

A POPULAR music festival is about to return to the memory of a musician who died in a car accident.

CozFest was created to commemorate the life of Corran ‘Coz’ Powell and is due to return to Sible Hedingham on August 27-28.

Corran, 21, was killed by a drugged and drunk driver on Braintree Road in Gosfield, where he lived, in December 2014.

Corran was airlifted to Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge with multiple injuries, but died eight days later without regaining consciousness.

Pal James Simmons, 18, of Hillside Gardens, Braintree, who was a passenger in the car, was killed in the crash.

Ford Fiesta driver David Bradley, 30, of Beckers Green Road, Braintree, also died.

Corran’s mother, Gennie Powell, said: ‘Coz donated his liver, kidneys and pancreas, allowing two people to come home in time for Christmas.

“He has also donated stem cells and other samples to various research projects to help save lives.

“His heart was included in the Papworth DCD (donation after circulatory death) research, which recently resulted in the first non-beating heart transplants in Europe, helping countless others.

“He loved his music, whether it was listening, playing or cheering on his peers at the Sound Academy, a charity-funded music school.

“He wanted to expand the work of the Sound Academy and be able to provide an outdoor venue for new bands. CozFest is designed to follow this dream.

The line-up so far includes the Condriacs on both days, MC Xander which will be shutting down for at least one day, and local band It’s Not a Phase Mum.

Gennie added: “He was saving up to buy land where he could run his own survival and carpentry lessons and teach other young people to understand, be safe and respect our countryside. We bought the land in Halstead Road and started running his woodland survival courses and planting a memorial wood.

“Famous heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine take their ashes with them and send us a video message to play at the festival every year.

“This year there will be wild camping in a field adjacent to the festival, food stalls and a reasonably priced beer tent with other drinks available for people to stay over the weekend.”