Award for tribute song
A Wallsend singer has won a music award in the United States for a song paying tribute to the two Newcastle United fans killed onboard flight MH17.
Junior Turner took the gong for the best live performance at the Indie music channel awards 2016 in Los Angeles for his song United We Stand.
The 32-year-old was nominated for the category for the live performance of the song at an evening with former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer in support of Wallsend Boys Club, hosted at the Lancastrian Suite on September 4 last year.
Junior’s award winning performance was in front of 1,000 people.
United We Stand was written in memory of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, two of Newcastle United’s most dedicated supporters who tragically lost their lives onboard flight MH17 when it was shot down over the Ukraine on July 17 2014.
As well as picking up the award for that category, the song also went on to win an honorary award for Junior’s efforts to write and record it in their memory.
Junior, whose real name is David, met Liam Sweeney’s dad Barry before penning the song to mark the first anniversary of the death of Liam, 28, and John, 63.