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Dirty Pretty Things to play Coronet road safety gig

Dirty Pretty Things will support the Make Roads Safe campaign with a special gig in at the Coronet in New Kent Road. 200 pairs of tickets are up for grabs in a prize draw.

The band's commitment to the campaign is motivated in part by a recent tragedy in which three teenage girls were killed. Two sisters, Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, and their friend, Carla Took, died in a car crash in July while driving home from a concert in Ipswich at which Dirty Pretty Things had performed.

"It is unbelievable that around the world a child is killed every 3 minutes on the road, yet almost nothing is being done to prevent this, says lead singer Carl Barât. "The recent deaths in Suffolk of Claire, Jennifer and Carla were so sad, such a waste of young lives, and this is happening to families every day. This is why Dirty Pretty Things are supporting the Make Roads Safe campaign."

Phil Stoddart, the father of the two sisters killed in the crash, said; "I hope that the Make Roads Safe campaign will help other parents avoid the pain we have been going through as a result of the tragic loss of Claire and Jennifer".

Road accidents are the biggest single killer of 16-24 year olds in Europe and the USA.

Dirty Pretty Things are no strangers to SE1, having recently played a 'secret' gig at the Shunt Vaults below London Bridge station to launch their debut album 'Waterloo to Anywhere'. To find out the the location for the gig fans had to attend a flashmob-style event at Waterloo Station.

To enter the prize draw for tickets to the Make Roads Safe gig at The Coronet on Wednesday 13 September join the campaign by signing up to the Make Roads Safe petition here and ticking the box marked 'Please enter me for the Dirty Pretty Things prize draw'. Closing date: 31 August.

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