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Christine Flack reveals she organized Flackstock Festival to 'celebrate her daughter's life'


Caroline Flack’s mother has revealed that she organized Flackstock Festival to ‘celebrate her daughter’s life’ after there was ‘so much negativity’ surrounding her death.

Speaking on Friday’s GMB, Christine said ‘the sadness with never go’ over her tragic passing but that the upcoming festival will be a ‘positive’ event to remember her. 

The star-studded festival will pay tribute to her with ‘comedy, dance and music’ and will take place on Monday 25 July 2022 in the grounds of Englefield House, Pangbourne, Berkshire. 

Positive: Caroline Flack’s mother has revealed that she organized Flackstock Festival to ‘celebrate her daughter’s life’ after there was ‘so much negativity’ surrounding her death

Former Love Island host Caroline took her own life on February 15, 2020, aged 40.

Talking about Flackstock festival on GMB Christine said: ‘She loved dancing, singing, she loved festivals and there was so much negativity when she died so this is something she would really like. 

‘It’s the best way I can think we could celebrate her. She was the kind of person who thought about people’s feelings and what you said as things do hurt. 

‘This will be positive event, we’ll be singing, probably some crying and everyone who’s been asked said yes if they can or they’ve volunteered.’

Family: Speaking on Friday's GMB, Christine said 'the sadness with never go' over her tragic passing but that the upcoming festival will be a 'positive' event to remember her (Christine and Caroline pictured together)

Family: Speaking on Friday’s GMB, Christine said ‘the sadness with never go’ over her tragic passing but that the upcoming festival will be a ‘positive’ event to remember her (Christine and Caroline pictured together)

When asked how she is coping in the wake of her death she added: ‘I just feel really sad and I don’t think that feeling is going to go. But you get on with it, with life and do things but the sadness doesn’t go.’

Also on GMB was Caroline’s close friend Natalie Pinkham who spoke further about the upcoming festival.

She explained: ‘Because of the pandemic we didn’t get to do a memorial service and part of grief is coming together and this represents all of that in a positive way, and we can raise a lot of money for great causes.  

Chat: Talking about Flackstock festival on GMB alongside Caroline's friend Natalie Pinkham Christine said: 'She loved dancing, singing, she loved festivals and there was so much negativity when she died so this is something she would really like'

Chat: Talking about Flackstock festival on GMB alongside Caroline’s friend Natalie Pinkham Christine said: ‘She loved dancing, singing, she loved festivals and there was so much negativity when she died so this is something she would really like’

‘We’ve been overwhelmed with support. Who haven’t we roped in? We’ve got so many performances, it’s a bit like a royal variety performance, all the things Flacky loved so much. We have loads of NHS mental health workers coming too.’

Christine then gave a teaser of what to expect saying: ‘Can we say this? One of Carrie’s favourite things was McDonalds and they’re really helping, they’re sponsoring, they’re creating a Big Flack and fries. 

‘I was always proud of her but the way people speak about her, that means such a lot.’

The event was organised by Natalie, Leigh Francis and Dawn O’Porter after they grieved Caroline’s death during lockdown.

Tragedy: Former Love Island host Caroline took her own life on February 15, 2020, aged 40 (pictured at V Festival in 2009)

Tragedy: Former Love Island host Caroline took her own life on February 15, 2020, aged 40 (pictured at V Festival in 2009)

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror earlier this month, Natalie said: ‘The lockdown happened straight after she died. We had a funeral but we didn’t have a proper memorial.

‘Her death has been hard to process and we had to do it on our own. It’s a coming together of all her friends and family. I still find it difficult to talk about her in the past tense.  

She added: ‘I really hope it is something for her mum to focus on but most importantly, it raises funds for mental health as well as being a fitting tribute to her.’

Tough: When asked how she is coping in the wake of her death she added: ' I just feel really sad and I don't think that feeling is going to go'

Tough: When asked how she is coping in the wake of her death she added: ‘ I just feel really sad and I don’t think that feeling is going to go’

Festival: Christine then gave a teaser of what to expect saying: 'One of Carrie's favourite things was McDonalds and they're helping, they're sponsoring, they're creating a Big Flack and fries'

Festival: Christine then gave a teaser of what to expect saying: ‘One of Carrie’s favourite things was McDonalds and they’re helping, they’re sponsoring, they’re creating a Big Flack and fries’

Natalie Imbruglia, Fleur East and Louise Redknapp have all signed up to perform at the event along with comedians Noel Fielding, Joel Dommett and Paddy McGuinness.

Dermot O’Leary is also part of the line-up along with Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec.

Natalie told how she turned to a grief counsellor following Caroline’s passing who she says has ‘helped [her] a lot’. 

Money raised from Flackstock will be split equally between the charities Choose Love, Mind, Samaritans and Charlie Waller Trust – four worthy outlets that held a special place in Caroline’s heart. 

Support: Also on GMB was Caroline's close friend Natalie Pinkham who spoke further about the upcoming festival

Support: Also on GMB was Caroline’s close friend Natalie Pinkham who spoke further about the upcoming festival

TV presenter Caroline was found dead on February 15, the day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her model and former tennis player boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, in December. 

Her death was ruled a suicide in an inquest in August this year, with coroner Mary Hassell, saying: ‘The key decision for me to make is whether Caroline took her own life. I have to be satisfied she acted in a way so as to cause her death, and secondly that she intended to cause her death.

‘In Caroline’s case I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself. She had only one expectation – her own death. There’s no doubt in my mind at all.’

The coroner said Flack had experienced ‘fluctuating ill health’ and was ‘distressed’ at the thought of facing a trial.

She said: ‘Caroline had fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past.

‘She had had difficulties. In spite of the fact she may have led – to some – a charmed life, actually the more famous she got the more some of these difficulties increased – she had to deal with the media in a way most of us don’t.

‘It was played out in the national press – and that was incredibly difficult for her. She faced the prospect of not working in the job she loved, losing a great deal.

‘I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty, and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity – it would all come down upon her. To me, that’s it in essence.’

Flackstock: The star-studded event will celebrate the late presenter's life with 'comedy, dance and music'

Flackstock: The star-studded event will celebrate the late presenter’s life with ‘comedy, dance and music’

Flack’s mother, Christine, wept as she told the coroner over video-link: ‘I totally agree, I think you got it spot on.

‘We know you are not allowed to say certain things and it’s up to us if we want to take it any further, and we don’t. You’re spot on.’

Concluding, the coroner recorded a death of suicide caused by hanging.

Mrs Hassell said: ‘Caroline hanged herself at home on the morning of February 15 because of an exacerbation of fluctuating ill health and distress.’     

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details.

Sprawling: The star-studded event will take place on Monday 25 July 2022 in the grounds of Englefield House, Pangbourne, Berkshire, (pictured)

Sprawling: The star-studded event will take place on Monday 25 July 2022 in the grounds of Englefield House, Pangbourne, Berkshire, (pictured) 

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