Oktoberfest in memory of Sterndale Moor crash victim

Craig Brassington died last year and his family are holding a Oktoberfest in his memory
Craig Brassington died last year and his family are holding a Oktoberfest in his memory

An Oktoberfest event is to take place this weekend in memory of a man who died in a car crash near Sterndale Moor almost a year ago.

Craig Brassington, 27, and Robert Jenkins, 32, both from Sterndale Moor, died in the early hours of November 12, 2015 after their car collided with a tree on the A515.

Craig’s mum Alison Brassington said: “This last year has been horrible and heartbreaking but you have to learn to live with it.”

Just two weeks before his death, Craig organised an Oktoberfest in Sterndale Moor and always wanted to host another so his friends have stepped up to organise Saturday’s event in his memory.

Alison said: “His death was a massive shock to all of us.

“He lived at home but because of his age we didn’t keep tabs on him so we didn’t even know he wasn’t in his room and when we found out what had happened it was such a shock.”

The A Up’s will be playing at the event at The Hoffman Bar in Harpur Hill where there will also be a raffle and German food.

All money raised on the night will be going to Scard, a charity which provides support and care after road death or injury to families.

Alison had sadly already lost a step-son 25 years ago and said it does not get any easier.

She said: “They (Scard) provided the lawyer free of charge and did all they could to help us and this is our way of thank you and giving back.

“I’m nervous because I want people to turn up and I know it is going to be a night of strong emotions but I am looking forward to it.”

Alison said Craig was a very well known and liked young man and had run a small business collecting scrap metals from a lot of businesses in the area and many of these people have offered prizes for the raffle we are holding.

She added: “The first prize in the raffle has been donated by HGV Direct and we also have lots of vouchers from local public houses, butchers and beauticians too.”

Tickets for Oktoberfest are £10 and available from The Hoffman Bar or Gilbert’s on Buxton Market Place and doors for the event open at 7.30pm.

Since his death, a bench has been installed in Sterndale Moor along with an eight-tonne limestone memorial which features a plaque to Craig, and his family are now calling for other people to add their own.

Alison said: “It is not a shrine to Craig but a chance for the whole village to remember lost loved ones and hopefully it will be a place for people to go to find comfort.”

Anyone who would like to add a plaque should contact the family.