Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Band Relive Horror Crash in Toon; IT WAS A DISASTROUS THING TO HAPPEN BUT WE ALL: SURVIVED SO IT'S SOMETHING FOR US TO CELEBRATE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Band Relive Horror Crash in Toon; IT WAS A DISASTROUS THING TO HAPPEN BUT WE ALL: SURVIVED SO IT'S SOMETHING FOR US TO CELEBRATE

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Byline: LIZ WALKER

THE LAST time pop group Bucks Fizz stepped on a bus in Newcastle it almost killed them.

Now, 25 years after the horror smash, they have faced their fears and recreated the journey along the Great North Road that was almost their last.

They made the emotional trip ahead of their reunion show in the City Hall on Saturday night, which as well as marking the 25th anniversary of the accident that changed the group forever, is also a thank you to the medical staff who treated them.

The four members Jay Aston, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Bobby Gee were all injured - but Mike, who alongside Cheryl was thrown through the windscreen, was so badly injured at one point he was read the last rites.

He still suffers with memory loss today.

Jay, was the only one of the group to remain conscious during the crash. She said visiting the spot was like a "therapy" session.

"This is the first time we have all been back to Newcastle together since it happened," she said.

"It was like a therapy session really as we have never all really talked about what happened and I had blanked a lot of it out.

"I wasn't sure if I would recognise where it was, but when I saw the traffic lights I shouted 'this is it'.

"I remember the collision and then the silence after and seeing the traffic lights changing. They I don't remember anything else until I woke up in hospital."

The crash happened after the group, famous for their Eurovision winning hit Making Your Mind Up, left their packed out gig at the City Hall to head to the Gosforth Park Hotel and their bus was hit by a lorry on the Great North Road.

Mike and Cheryl were thrown through the windscreen, while Jay and Bobby, still on the coach, sustained injuries. Mike was taken to Newcastle General Hospital with serious head injuries and remained in a coma for six days and was on a life support machine.

A blood clot was discovered on his brain and for a week the singer was close to death. …

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