Flute band’s tribute to tragic Vikki

Vikki McKeown
Vikki McKeown

Tributes have flooded in for 25-year-old Vikki McKeown who died within weeks of receiving a brain tumour diagnosis.

Days before the final year occupational therapy student’s death on Tuesday, the Pride of Shankill Flute Band - of which she had been a member - played outside her Shankill home in a bid to lift her spirits.

After the band added a link of their impromptu performance outside tragic Vikki’s house to their Facebook site, Vikki’s mother - Sharon McKeown - also said on Facebook: “U made my girl so happy that day x”.

Later, a band spokesman said they wanted to extend their “deepest sympathy to the entire family circle”.

“Vikki was a member of the band, and a very important one at that. She had given up the band a while back, but once you’re a part of our family, you’re forever a member, with pride at heart.”

In recent weeks Vikki’s sister, Reah McKeown, had started a Crowdfunding page to help raise money to buy “an Alkaline Water Pump” to help her. She then said Vikki had been diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour and asked people to watch out for having “a smell and taste of metal”, as Vikki did.

Members of Shankill Flute Band play outside the home of Vikki McKeown

Members of Shankill Flute Band play outside the home of Vikki McKeown

Vikki will be buried in Carnmoney Main Cemetery on Saturday after a ceremony in her home. She is survived by her mum Sharon, father Gary, sister Reah and fiancée James.