In It Together crowd unites for poignant tribute to teen who died at festival

A moving tribute was paid to a teenage boy a year after he died at a Welsh music festival. Schoolboy Rhys Murray from Port Talbot died at the In It Together festival in Margam following an asthma attack in May 2023.

In an emotional interview following his death the 16-year-old Ysgol Cwm Brombil pupil was described by his older brother Thomas as being a "wonderful boy and a ball of charisma". Speaking to WalesOnline last year he said: "Rhys was my absolute world, he was my rock and everything someone could mean to someone.

"He was absolutely adored and worshipped by his family. He absolutely loved musical theatre and performing on stage. He was very big into his drama and music in general. He loved his boxing too."

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One year on from the tragedy Rhys was honoured in an emotional tribute during the festival. It came as organisers teamed up with charity Asthma + Lung UK Cymru in Rhys' memory and to help educate people about the condition. For the latest Neath Port Talbot news, sign up to our newsletter here

Rhys Murray (left) with brother Thomas
Rhys Murray (left) with brother Thomas -Credit:Thomas Murray

The event - where the likes of Sugababes, Dizzee Rascal, Sam Ryder and Craig David performed over the weekend - saw crowds stop what they were doing to pay their respects in a "lovely moment".

A festivalgoer told WalesOnline: "At around 8pm on Sunday a series of photos of the young lad played on the screen on the main Parc Stage while the host led everyone in a one minute round of applause in his memory. Everyone stopped what they were doing and took a moment to pay respect and applaud. It was a lovely moment."

A tribute and an applause were held in Rhys' memory at the festival
A tribute and an applause were held in Rhys' memory at the festival -Credit:WalesOnline

Posters were also placed around this year's festival to show what steps should be taken when someone has an asthma attack, including when to call 999. A video where a specialist nurse explained what to do was shown on the main stage screen.

According to Asthma + Lung UK Cymru you should follow the following steps if you think you are experiencing an asthma attack:

  • Sit up straight - try to keep calm

  • Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue) every 30-60 seconds up to 10 puffs

  • If you feel worse at any point OR you don’t feel better after 10 puffs call 999 for an ambulance

  • If the ambulance has not arrived after 10 minutes and your symptoms are not improving, repeat step two

  • If your symptoms are no better after repeating step two, and the ambulance has still not arrived, contact 999 again immediately

  • Important: this asthma attack advice does not apply to you if you use a MART inhaler. Get more information and advice about the MART regime.